Despite being an eager cyclist, I’ve never really watched the Tour de France until this year. And unless something radically changes, I’m unlikely to ever do so again.
While there are many reasons for Canberrans and Australians to enjoy the Tour, here’s five reasons why I don’t.
Firstly, remnants of the feudalism upon which European medieval castles [...]
By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]
I am aware this will become a bike vs car thread. So be it.
This past week, during my usual bicycle commutes to and from work, I had three separate but related incidents with cars.
1. Riding along Dudley St, Yarralumla, car swings wide to overtake me with a blind crest ahead, gets surprised when oncoming traffic [...]
my friend jac has recently setup a new weekly bike fixing workshop. its held 4- 6pm every wed afternoon at the recyclery. go along with your bike, use the tools and get some great advice on how to service/fix your bike all for free
read more here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canberra-Cycle-Share/557295740987372
go check it out. jac is great guy [...]
A video showing how they park their cycles in land short Tokyo.
Could be useful when our cash strapped council starts charging for cycle parking.
The sun’s out, the weather is warmer. I’d love to start riding my bike again and i’ve been told I should get it serviced.
So, who does it best, where would you go?
Looking at living in a big city in the next few months and plan to use my bike as my main form [...]
On Ride2Work day it’s probably worth having a chat about a proposal from Pedal Power, who would like the national road rules changed to:
“place the responsibility for a crash involving a bicycle and another vehicle on the driver of the other vehicle, unless the driver can prove that the person on the bicycle was clearly [...]
With all the dicussion of cyclists in Canberra it’s worth noting the ABC’s Catalyst program from last week which assigned the mindless rage of flabbies in death boxes (aka cars) on “out-group homogeneity bias”, something the Nazis were rather keen on (just to get Godwin out of the way).
Anyway Nazis may think they’re cool in [...]
Here’s a great first person perspective of the trials and challenges of cycling Northbourne Avenue:
A quick video I made with some of my tips for cycling on Northbourne Avenue in Canberra.
Please remember to set to 720p+. These are only my tips, so don’t get carried away
[ 27 September 2013 at 5:45 pm; ]
The Critical Mass movement is a great bit of fun if you like cycling.
Even better is that it’s come to Canberra starting this Friday:
Gathering 5:45pm, Launching 6pm, Garema Place, ending at The Civic Pub in Braddon.
Last Friday of every month
To bring: a self-powered vehicle with wheels, as many lights/bike-accesories as you can muster, a [...]
And before I begin, this is a discussion about bicycle lanes, not a car vs bike thread. To preempt any argument, good bicycle infrastructure benefits everybody, including car drivers.
You may have noticed some unusual bike lanes popping up around Canberra. Unusual, because they run for just few metres near intersections. They do not run the [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a single bicycle collision that occurred on Gowrie Drive, Red Hill on (Wednesday, August 21).
Around 6.10pm a 41-year-old man was located lying approximately 200 metres from the front entrance of the Federal Golf Club in an unconscious state by a passing motorist.
The man had suffered head injuries and was [...]
Aren’t those new high-power LED bike lights amazing? For under $100, you can now get a 300 or 600 lumen bike light. A few bucks more gets you 1200 lumens! That’s brighter than most car headlights. All powered by a couple of AA batteries or equivalent.
Car headlights have a design standard that makes sure the [...]
[ 10 June 2013 at 11:00 am; ]
Facebook is promising that most glorious highlight of the bleak midwinter, a Tweed Ride!
At last, the 5th edition of Canberra Tweed Ride! This year’s winter ride will be held on Queen’s Birthday, as is tradition. Join us for a leisurely bicycle cruise taking in the sights of our city and a few of our [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has penned a plea for motorists and cyclists to leave off all the hating:
There is a rumbling debate in Canberra about the rights and responsibilities of cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers. Many people take sides with one of these groups, depending on their personal perspective. As someone who drives, rides and walks [...]
When you reflect on the following photo from Holland, what do you see?
What do you see in the photo?
People that are irrationally and recklessly endangering their lives.
People recklessly endangering their lives, and they should have a law and fines imposed upon them to make them stop.
Ordinary people going about their day.
Helmets make sense in extreme cycling conditions… such as mountain biking or high speed road cycling. On paved paths away from motor traffic, it’s arguable that a casual cyclist pottering along at 15km/h is unlikely to receive much of a benefit from wearing a helmet should they come off. That’s certainly the way [...]
Last month Simon Corbell promised us pedal assisted electric bicycles capable of maintaining 25kmph.
Today he’s announced the required legislation has passed:
Pedalecs have a maximum continuous power rating of 250 watts, compared with electric bicycles currently able to be used, with a maximum peak power of 200 watts. They also have additional safety and design requirements [...]
Bike helmets: an emergency doctor’s perspective
By Michael Dinh
For those working on the frontline of trauma care, the findings of a report into the protective effects of helmets in cyclists and motorcyclists published in the Medical Journal of Australia last week come as no surprise.
When an ambulance arrives at an emergency department with a cyclist [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that he’s raising the power ceiling on electric bicycles from an anaemic 200 watts up to 250 watts to allow pedalecs onto our roads:
“The changes to the laws that the government is proposing through the Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill, will allow higher performance electric bikes (pedalecs) under the European standard, [...]
As I was waiting for the lights to change at Belconnen Way & Coulter Drive this afternoon, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a dark-haired male cyclist wheeling through the intersection. What particularly caught my attention was that he wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. A quick double-take confirmed something even more startling: [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is putting forth word that the mighty Civic Cycle Loop (stages 1 and 2) are opening today at noon.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today opened the Rudd and Marcus Clarke Street sections of the Civic Cycle Loop.
“I’m pleased to announce that the first two stages of the Civic Cycle Loop [...]
Beautiful weather, last days of the school holidays, decided to take Junior Gasman (aged 9) to the opening weekend of the National Arboretum.
With consideration to health, environment, carbon and fun, we decided to ride our bicycles. From Belconnen to the front gate of the Arboretum, we had bicycle paths and lanes. At the main entrance [...]
Whilst reading Tim the Yowie Man in yesterday’s Canberra Times I was horrified to see that the powers that be are changing some trails in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to be shared by bicyclists. We can no longer walk in Mt Stromlo, so now they want Tidbinbilla.
Roos better watch out – they do not have [...]
An encounter today on the shared footpath/bicycle caused a bicyclist who had no bell. We did not hear him coming from behind. I asked him where his bell was. He said he didn’t need one as it didn’t fit on his bars.
Well here is what you need under the ACT Road Rules:
258 Equipment on a [...]
In very exciting news Keith Marshall’s Kumo Cycles has made the grade for the Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar 2013:
Thirteen of the world’s most beautiful custom bicycles, from builders including Jordan Hufnagel, Kumo Cycles, Tom Donhou, Signal Cycles and MAP Cycles.
Well done Keith!
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced plans for more cycle paths:
ACT Labor is committed to the construction of off-road cycle paths as part of its plan for more cycling infrastructure in our city.
ACT Labor will commit up to $12 million* to construct an off-road cycle path adjacent to the Majura Parkway.
We will also invest $4 million [...]
Cycling bells mean nothing anymore..
Amongst car hating transport advocates the Muenster photograph is the stuff of legend.
Over the weekend before last the Cycling Promotion Fund recreated the photo on Allara Street here in Canberra:
On Sunday 9th September 69 volunteers, 69 bicycles, 60 cars and one bus gathered in Canberra to recreate a world-renowned photograph taken more than 20 [...]
Canberra cycling group, Pedal Power ACT, is calling on the next ACT Government to make bike racks on ACTION buses reliable.
The current Government has put bike racks on 80% of buses and say they cannot fit them on the new long buses. Putting bike racks on buses was an ACT Labor initiative and Pedal Power ACT is [...]
I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the assumption bike lanes are for bicycles, not motorcycles.
Just then I had a motorbike up my arse on Northbourne, from Elouera Street through to Cooying, revving his engine and muttering at cyclists.
You’re damn right I slowed down on purpose and got in [...]
ACT Policing is investigating the theft of around 40 high-end bicycles in Fyshwick at the weekend.
Between 8pm Friday (August 3) and 9am yesterday (Monday, August 9) offenders broke into a secure trailer parked on Townsville Street, Fyshwick.
The offenders removed the 2013 model Trek brand bicycles from secure racks and loaded them into an unidentified vehicle.