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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.
Hundreds of bike riders, including Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares, gathered in Adelaide CBD this morning to celebrate the opening of the first section of the Frome Street separated bikeway with a breakfast provided by Adelaide City Council. The bikeway is a key in providing a north-south bike corridor through the city. However, plans to complete the bikeway continue to meet with opposition from some groups.
Adelaide isn’t the only city building new separated bikeways. The City of Sydney is including a Cophenhagen-style lane on Campbell Street. The lane is part of a larger upgrade to Campbell and Hunt streets which is designed to make the roads friendlier to all users and will include wider footpaths, zebra crossings and traffic calming measures.
Physically active bike riders could be rewarded with lower health cover premiums under proposals from the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit.
Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos has been crowned victor of the inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour in Europe this week. The Tour is an important step forward in raising the profile of women’s pro cycling and was warmly received, drawing large crowds and well-deserved media attention (which is often not the case for women’s races). Check out the full race results here.
A new Swedish program, called Test Cyclists has given five families from each of seven municipalities the bike of their dreams to see whether it encourages them to drive less. The families received advice on choosing a bike to suit their needs and committed to riding instead of driving at least three days per week. When the trial ends in October the families will be surveyed about their experience and undergo medical exams to measure improvements in health and fitness.
Twenty-two kilograms of explosives were deactivated and seized in Dublin the night before one of Europe’s biggest cycling races, the Giro d’Italia, passed through the following day and drew thousands of spectators to the streets. The bomb was found in a vehicle in a hotel car park and police have arrested a man believed to be affiliated with the Real IRA, a faction of the Provisional IRA.
Whether you’re struggling to get out of bed and onto the bike, or suffering up a big climb, these seven tips might help you find the willpower you need.
Even something as simple as grocery shopping is a different experience in cities with strong bike culture and infrastructure.
|15 May||Recycle your bicycle (Bikes for Refugees Program)||Wyndham Park Community Shed, VIC|
|16 – 25 May||High Country Harvest||High Country, VIC|
|18 May||Bicy Gals 30km loop ride||Brisbane, QLD|
|18 – 31 May||Velo-fringe Cycling Festival||Adelaide, SA|
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