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7 December, 2012

The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Friday.

Local news

123589-anna-mearesMeares a fitting role model

Anna Meares has been named Women’s Health magazine’s sports woman of the year after her stellar performance at the London Olympics in June.

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City of Perth falls short on spending

The City of Perth is the only capital city council to reduce bicycle infrastructure funding this year. Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi claims less funding is needed because Perth already has an established bike network, but But Bicycling WA chief Jeremey Murray disagrees.

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Darebin Bridge rally this weekend

Building the Darebin Bridge will link six of Melbourne’s most popular trails and give easy access to hundreds of kilometres of popular bike paths throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area. The project has been approved, but progress is painfully slow. Help convince the State Government to make completing this short link a top priority this Sunday, 9 December, at Sparks Reserve, Ivanhoe: 10:00-11:00am.

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International news

art-lance_armstrong-620x349No turbo boost from EPO

According to a new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, there’s no evidence that EPO – the illicit drug of choice for many ‘doping’ cyclists – noticeably enhances performance, but it can have some nasty side effects.

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Bikes boost local businesses

While motorists spend more per visit in shops and restaurants, bike riders and pedestrians make more frequent trips to local businesses, establish relationships with retailers and spend more overall. So while many shops complain when car parking is replaced by bike parking or bike lanes, they could be doing them a favour.

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London considers change of pace

The City of London has funded an investigation into the possible benefits of lowering the city’s speed limit to 20mph (32.18km/h) as it considers ways to make streets safer for bikes and pedestrians and encourage active transport.

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World’s oldest paperboy?

Bud Shaefer picked up riding at the ripe old age of 82, and quickly fell in love with life on two wheels. Now, four years later, he uses his bike to deliver the local newspaper every afternoon.

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girl_fieldhockey_525Fit kids perform better

According to a recent study conducted on middle school students and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, children with a high level of all-round fitness perform better academically across the board than their peers.

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Let the good tunes roll

In an impressive feat of multi-tasking, bicycle showband Crescendo play and ride in spectacular formations at the same time.

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