NSW cycling policy

I had a bit of a flick through the NSW cycling policy.  Interesting facts

– 42% of Sydney households own at least 1 bike, but only 0.7% of people cycle to work

– the overall share of bike trips has remained relatively constant from 2001

– of all the capital cities in Australia, Sydney has the lowest % of bike trips to work and the lowest % of people who are regular cyclists

– there is policy in place to encourage cycling at every level of government

The thing I found most interesting, however is the policy recommendations (and the status of them in Sydney). 

Some of the recommendations seem so far out of what I can imagine the City of Sydney promoting (eg car-free Sundays on certain roads), policy that the motorists are assumed to be responsible for accidents, and courts and police that actively protect cyclist rights that I find it laughable.  However, what I think it highlights, is that all these changes require real will from our governments to happen.  They require funding, and planning, and require a systems approach – not just an ad hoc slapping down of a painted cycleway here and there, which connects to nothing, is mostly pothole and gutter and doesn’t go anywhere.

If you are interested, the entire policy is here.

I’ll post more on it later


Shame on Herald Sun – Cyclist with Baby. It’s normal!

The most popular article on the HS today is a photo of a female cyclist transporting her child around in a manner she sees fit.  A normal and natural way to get around.  An acceptable, non-event pretty much anywhere else.

But, unfortunately, the HS has written a vile article calling this person the most irresponsible woman in Victoria and stating some irrelevant and generalised stats that don’t even back up this claim.  A bit rich…….  The disgustingly overly dramatic “child’s life at risk”, “life threatening situation” makes it seem like this perfectly normal activity of transporting yourself and your child to your destination is certain death for even thinking about such a thing.

Cycling is safer than walking and much safer than driving.  This person’s actions wouldn’t have even been cause for a second glance internationally.  Why have we allowed car culture to permeate every pore of our being so that the only perceived “safe” way to transport children is inside a tonne of metal?

I would also like to make a special mention of the person who took the photo “Melanie, 39”.  It seems to me that they have taken this photo whilst operating a motor vehicle, from my understanding of the road rules, an illegal act that has the potential to kill someone!  Don’t see a huge write up about that one!

What is up this week, Major Newspapers?  Your coverage of cycling has been reprehensible this week with several terrible anti-cycling articles.

New Brooks Flyer S Saddle

I have just bought a Brooks Flyer S leather saddle from Pedal and Thread in Adelaide.  I had been umming and ahhing over getting a leather saddle for a few months and finally decided to jump in.  The exceedingly rainy weather here has been a bit of a deterrent with rain being a bit of a no no on leather.

The decision on which saddle to get was fairly straight forward with the B17 the most recommended model for touring.  The Flyer is the same saddle as the B17 except with springs.  The usefulness of these springs seems a bit controversial but I really like the look and don’t care about the extra weight.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Yes, I know, this is not really relevant to riding, but hey, it was too important to miss.  Today is International women’s day.   For those of you who don’t know, International women’s day has been observed since the early 1900s (although the day has changed a few times). It’s a global day of recognition and celebration across both developed and developing countries. It’s actually an official holiday in 27 countries (including Cambodia, China and Eritrea).

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Southern States Super Tuesday Bike Count

Yesterday was Super Tuesday Annual Bike Traffic Count for the Southern States.

Preliminary results showed that female riders made up to 45% of traffic in some count locations.  This is wonderful news on the health of cycling in those areas!  It was the first time that data on gender was collected.

It is also being reported that despite the rain in Melbourne, most sites reported a 10-25% increase.

Queensland and NT’s Super Tuesday is usually in September.  So make it on your calendar.