The Conversation, 14 June 2017
Two hundred years after their invention, bicycles are widely recognised as an effective tool to combat physical and mental health problems, reduce congestion on urban roads and improve the quality of the environment. However, cycling participation across Australia is stagnating. This is mainly because of concerns about safety. A report released last week by the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia found that in the vast majority of crashes the cyclist was not at fault.
Posts from the ‘Cycling’ Category
The Conversation, 14 June 2017
The Age, 19 May 2017
Victorian cyclists have been short-changed by the Andrews government in the past two years, with a new report revealing it spent just $3 per person on cycling projects last financial year, the second lowest level in the country. Cycling group Bicycle Network said many of Melbourne’s principal bike routes were being neglected, putting a growing number of cyclists at risk of being hit.
UK Dept for Transport, 21 April 2017
The Guardian, 2 May 2017
Policing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned. Dangerous drivers are increasingly likely to be permitted by courts to stay behind the wheel, the report found, with the number of driving bans falling 62% over the last 10 years, and ever-more people claiming exceptional hardship to avoid a disqualification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.