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Posts from the ‘Cycling’ Category

Contested spaces: ‘virtuous drivers, malicious cyclists’ mindset gets us nowhere

The Conversation, 13 March 2017
I turn on the car radio and the radio station host asks listeners to call in to comment on the idea of introducing compulsory registration for cyclists. The conversations that follow illustrate once again that our roads are a highly contested urban space. As I expected, those calling in argue emphatically in favour of the radio host’s proposal. They claim it’s unfair that motorists pay for the roads cyclists use, that motorists should be able to report cyclists running red lights, and that cyclists should have insurance to compensate the cost of injuries or damage to cars.
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On your bike! China’s latest asset bubble

Australian Financial Review, 1 March 2017
On the footpath outside one of Shanghai’s most popular shopping malls, China’s latest asset bubble is on display. Fighting for the attention of consumers are five different brands of shared bikes, each with their own brightly coloured frame and modern design. For as little as 4¢ an hour one of these can be rented, as cash-rich start-ups fight to secure market share and seek to emerge as the dominant player in this industry which barely existed 12 months ago.
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WA election: Cyclists to be protected by one-metre overtaking law under Labor promise

ABC News, 10 February 2017
Drivers will be required to leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking cyclists under rules to be trialled if WA Labor wins the March State election.
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Cyclists don’t count as road users, argues [UK] transport secretary

The Guardian, 13 January 2017
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been accused of showing “an astonishing lack of knowledge” of his brief after arguing in the House of Commons that cyclists do not count as road users. Grayling, shown in a video last month knocking a rider off his bike by suddenly opening the door to his ministerial car outside Westminster, made the comment on Thursday morning.

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Cyclists falling victim to an undetected danger with their bikes

The West Australian, 7 January 2017
It was a clear October morning when Greg Prosser joined his weekly group ride, with a strong easterly blowing and a cloudless sky. The Friday ride had almost become a ritual for the Perth schoolteacher — a keen cyclist for the past 25 years. About 45 minutes in, the riders stopped at traffic lights on Nicholson Road in Ferndale. Mr Prosser, 47, had just put in a hard effort and was relieved at the chance to catch his breath. He recalls very little beyond this point because as he took off from the lights, his bicycle crumbled underneath him sending him nose-diving into the kerb.

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Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen

The Guardian, 2 December 2016
Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?
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NSW Government ditches proposed laws to force bike riders to carry ID

ABC News, 2 December 2016
The New South Wales Government has backpedalled over controversial laws that would have fined cyclists for not carrying identification.
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Active Transport Victoria

13 October 2016
The Victorian Government has established Active Transport Victoria (ATV), a unit within Transport for Victoria, to promote the benefits of walking and cycling in Victoria.

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Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

The Guardian, 29 October 2016
The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.
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Cyclist fined for passing a stationary car

The Age, 22 October 2016
It’s something that hundreds of cyclists do every day. Most of the time, it goes unnoticed. But seasoned cyclist Laurie Duncan was shocked when he was slapped with a $152 fine for passing on the left of an unmoving car in Melbourne’s CBD.

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