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Posts from the ‘Cycling’ Category

Did Seattle’s mandatory helmet law kill off its bike-share scheme?

The Guardian, 18 April 2017
A small group of supporters, journalists and a city councilman gathered at the end of last month to take Seattle’s cycle share bikes out for one last spin. Mayor Ed Murray had pulled the plug on the Pronto system after two-and-a-half years of low ridership, financial troubles and waning political support.
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Elevated cycling freeway for Melbourne’s speedy commuters

The Age, 2 April 2017
An elevated cycling freeway will be built above Footscray Road, transporting cyclists faster into Melbourne’s CBD. The 2.5-kilometre “veloway” will sit underneath a future road flyover over Footscray Road and is designed for serious commuters, bypassing a number of traffic lights.
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Change in commute mode and body-mass index: prospective, longitudinal evidence from UK Biobank

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13: 129
The parallel issues of weight gain and a decline in active travel in many countries initiated this study which examined the effects of commuting to work type (active or passive) on body mass index (BMI) over a four year period. Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention of weight gain therefore active commuting to work can achieve health, as well as environmental, benefits to society. The study, published in the prestigious Lancet journal, also examined whether socioeconomic and demographic characteristics predicted switching to or from active commuting and whether switching independently predicts change in BMI and the effects of socioeconomic, demographic, or behavioural factors on any evident changes.
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Minimum overtaking distance of cyclists rejected by Victorian Government

ABC News, 23 March 2017
The Victorian Government has rejected a recommendation to introduce a minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking cyclists, saying it will try a public education safety campaign first.
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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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