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Many jump to the conclusion that Australian bike share schemes struggle as a result of mandatory helmet laws. However, The Urbanist blogger Alan Davies argues that this is reductive.
Using CrowdSpot technology, The Age has updated its interactive map where Melbourne bike riders can record the site, date and cause of accidents, helping other riders and authorities identify problem areas.
A $100 million road safety fund has been outlined in SA’s new State Budget, which will go towards a number of projects, including more speed cameras, an upgrade to the notorious Britannia Roundabout and improvements to key intersections. According to Premier Jay Weatherill, the upgrades will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Victorian planning Minister Matthew Guy has overruled opposition in Boroondara Council to ensure the Yarra Bridge gets built. The bridge will form a vital link in Melbourne’s bike network, linking the Darebin Creek Trail to the city’s eastern bike network. The project initially received the green light after 17 years of campaigning from Bicycle Network.
Over the years the Tour de France has attracted some strange stunts, and the 100th race is no exception. A team of six riders will kick off the race a day ahead of the General Classification, riding all 21 stages on footbikes (imagine a scooter with a bike wheel on the front). They expect some of the more challenging stages will take around 17 hours to complete.
According to UK charity Sustrans, getting workers commuting by bike could save £13.7 billion in sick leave each year in the UK. According to their research, the average employee takes 4.5 sick days each year, while those who commute by bike take only 2.4.
A UK motorist who collided with a bike rider in a hit-and-run has been tracked down by police after boasting of the incident on Twitter.
Disadvantaged girls in Cambodia often don’t progress beyond primary school, with the nearest high school too far and dangerous to walk to, given the high rates of violence against women in rural areas. However, Lotus Outreach International is giving bikes to girls in need, allowing them to travel quickly and safely to school to further their education and eventually rebuild the nation’s educated class.
People are spending more time than ever indoors. However, there’s a growing body of evidence that suggests that spending time in nature is a key element to good health for both adults and children and can enhance creativity and learning ability.
There is no limit to what some people can do on two wheels.
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