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15 February, 2013

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

Local news

escapde2Tales from the road

Tasmnaia is getting a bike tourism boost this week as the Great Escapade Tasmania bike ride travels down the east coast from Launceston to Port Arthur. Today the riders are travelling from Tribunna to Copping and you can check out their photos and highlights from the ride by following the link.

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How times have changed

The Urbanist takes an in-depth look at how transport trends have changed in Australia between 1900 and 2010.

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Bike lanes on Exhibition in Melbourne

Work is about to begin on new timed green lanes in Melbourne’s Exhibition Street. The street is an arterial route for bikes in the city and the lanes will operate during morning and afternoon peak traffic periods to make for an easier and safer commuting route.

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International news

14CURR2-articleLargeMoMA art bikes

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has given bikes the tick of approval, commissioning  a special limited edition bike exclusive to the museum store from local company Brooklyn Cruiser.

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Religion encourages conversion to bikes

Catholic and Protestant churches in Austria are encouraging people to give up their cars for Lent, and to explore more sustainable and active forms of transport, such as bikes.

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Britain’s chief medical officer barracks for bikes

Dame Sally Davies is encouraging local councils to invest in active transport facilities, particularly for bikes stating: “Cycling for all or part of your 150 minutes of physical activity each week can help to prevent or manage over 20 long-term conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and mental health problems… Cycling shorter journeys saves money, can help to address health inequalities and help protect our planet…However, we have to make sure that cycling is safe and is seen to be safe.”

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hearts_overlap_525Hearts beat for love

Seriously. A new study has found that when a couple are in love and in close proximity the woman will sync her heartbeat and breathing rhythm with her partner, a phenomenon that does not occur when individuals are not in a relationship.

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It’s a bike, made out of old cars!

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