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Melbourne riders have been angered to find tourist buses illegally parking on Swanston Street. The buses were originally banned from the key bike route, which is used by almost 5,000 riders a day, after a rider fell into the path of a bus and died in 2008.
The South Australian government has proposed a new parking tax that could see the cost of parking in the CBD rise as much as $6 a day. The Government claims they hope the fee hike would encourage more people to ride, walk or take public transport to the city centre.
New Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and new Treasurer Michael O’Brien will be having a tough time getting this year’s State Budget ready so soon after taking the reins, so to help them out, Bicycle Network has completed the bike budget for them. Check out the details.
ACT World War II veteran Les Cook wants to know if you’ve seen his bike. The white Giant mountain bike with a list of modifications “as long as your arm,” which the 90-year-old uses as his primary mode of transport, was taken from outside a friend’s house in Curtin. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Woden Police Station on (02) 6256 7777.
Already in place in most European countries, the “strict liability” road law deems the least vulnerable road user responsible for an accident unless they can prove otherwise.
After winning six Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles, Britain’s most celebrated Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy has announced his retirement, explaining: “I’ve got every last inch of energy and effort out of me”.
The Windy City plans to revamp its industrialised image by creating 800 new parks, recreation areas and green spaces, which will include many recreational bike trails, over the next five years.
A new study from the Netherlands involving over 6,000 participants has found that younger adults today are less healthy than their parents were at their age, with younger generations reporting higher rates of obesity and high blood pressure as well as a greater risk of diabetes in men.
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