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Sir Richard Branson landed himself in hot water earlier this week when Adelaide police stopped him for riding a bike in the city without a helmet. He’s the second British celeb recently caught bareheaded after Twilight star Robert Pattinson was photographed sans lid riding along the River Torrens earlier this year. While they might want to check the Aussie road rules before heading out, there’s two more celbs out of their limos and on their bikes.
Though often thought of as having grown out of bike courier sub-culture, bike polo has been around almost as long as the bicycle itself. The rules were first recorded in 1891 and the game was included as a demonstration sport in the 1908 Olympics. This weekend more than 25 bike polo teams from around the country will face off in the fifth Melbourne Autumn Tournament.
Earlier this week, a Queensland truck driver was found not guilty of “dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death” after his truck fatally collided with bike rider Richard Pollett while attempting to overtake him. The jury’s finding left the judge with an “empty feeling” and sparked a call in the bike riding community for a revision of overtaking laws.
Ohio’s Century Cycles Bike to School Challenge is proving hugely successful at getting more middle and high school students to start riding to school and to keep riding on a regular basis. While only 13% of US students ride to school, more than 50% of students whose schools participate int he program have become regular riders.
A group of residents from the Big Apple’s West Village are suing the vendors and corporate sponsor of NYC’s new bike share program after a docking station was introduced on their street. The residents claim that the docking station will devalue the street’s historic buildings. However, according to a study by the National League of Cities, “Bicycling facilities can increase home values”.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish is enjoying early success in the Giro d’Italia. His Stage Six win last night was his second of the race so far.
Recent research suggests that children who spend more time outside exposed to natural light are less likely to become short sighted.
Imagine what this kid will be capable of when he starts pedalling!
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