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According to The Urbanist, helmet laws are a red herring in the mystery of why Australian bike share schemes are falling short.
October is Safe Cycle month in Victoria and police are out in force endeavoring to make Victoria’s roads more bike-friendly. In addition to cracking down on the road rules, they’ll be providing information to riders and, if they spot you displaying model behavior, you might just win a prize.
As mums find their schedules filling up, many are giving away their gym memberships to get active with their kids, making exercise a fun family affair and promoting active, healthy lifestyles.
A recent study in LA reveals that kids living within 75m of a major road are more likely to suffer from asthma and that, while the city has managed to reduce pollution in some areas, a much greater effort is needed. (Ahem, more bike riding?)
As the act of bike riding becomes increasingly normalised, the ‘militant cyclist’ is giving way to the ‘civil cyclist’ and Cycle Chic taking over from Critical Mass as a vehicle for change on the roads.
Most people are lucky just to be alive at 100, let alone highly active, but for French rider Robert Marchand age is no excuse for inactivity and he recently completed a 100km ride and maintaining an impressive average speed of 23.3km/h.
The USADA’s report regarding the doping charges laid against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is said to make for an ugly read, with several of Armstrong’s former teammates coming forward with embarrassing evidence against Armsstrong and his ex-wife as well as the UCI’s failure to investigate doping allegations in the past.
Following a fifteen-year study, researchers at the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland have concluded that while Aussie women have cut down on smoking and are conscientious about getting recommended health checks, the majority still fail to follow nutritional advice and get enough exercise, and an increasing number are suffering from obesity.
French bottled water company Contrex have found a unique way to motivate more people to ride.
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