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Tue
09
Feb
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Australian couple break e-bike long distance world record

Rachel and Gary Corbett set new e-bike long distance world record.

An Australian husband and wife team have successfully set a new e-bike long distance world record and continue to push the kilometres higher as they pedal their way around Europe. Gary and Rachel Corbett, also known as the E-Bike Cycle Tourists, surpassed the old record of 16,047kms (9971 miles) after 220 days of cycling at an average of about 75km a day. Beginning their world-record attempt in late April, they pedalled out of London, riding for 901 hours across 12 countries to hit their target on January 20, 2016 in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Tue
08
Dec
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North East Rail Trail opens in Tasmania

A section of the North East Rail Trail near Scottsdale, Tasmania. Cycle Traveller

A 28km section of rail trail through spectacular countryside north-east of Launceston has officially opened to the public, with extension plans already in the pipeline. The North East Rail Trail, which runs between Scottsdale and Billycock Hill in Tasmania, opened to a crowd of about 200 people on November 29, 2015.

Thu
12
Nov
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Would you pay to use this floating bicycle expressway?

An artist's impression of the 8 mile Thames Deckway, which would run from Battersea to Greenwhich. Cycle Traveller

It's the most ambitious bicycle infrastructure project ever envisaged: a floating cycle and pedestrian way curving its way down London's Thames River. But engineering feats aside, what makes the proposal most remarkable is that it will be fully funded and built without government assistance – its private investors believe cyclists are prepared to pay to use a safe, fast and green cycling expressway.

Fri
16
Oct
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Melbourne bike plan targets one quarter of morning trips by bicycle

Cycling into Melbourne's city centre is set to get even better under the 1016-2020 bike plan.

One quarter of all trips made into Melbourne's city centre during morning peak hours will be made by bicycle by the year 2020, according to a new city council target. To meet the target set out in the new Draft Bicycle Plan 2016-2020, the City of Melbourne said Thursday it would extend the city's bicycle network by creating new routes and key connections. This would improve cycling safety and accessibility and encourage more people to ride.

Thu
15
Oct
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South Australia the first state to permanently apply 'one metre rule'

The Amy Gillet Foundation's 'A Metre Matters' campaign has influenced state policy.

While there has been a number of trials in progress around the country, it's official – South Australia has become the first Australian state to make the 'meter matters' rule permanent. Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the 'One Metre Rule' – designed to reduce the number of accidents between vehicles and cyclists – would provide a clear definition of the distance vehicles are required to keep from cyclists.

Fri
09
Oct
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Northern Rivers Rail Trail drops Byron Bay in new focus

Ben Reddin (CEO for Regional Dev. Aust.), Toni Zuschke (Tweed Chamber of Commerce), Barry Longland (Tweed Councillor), Geoff Meers (Secretary NRRT assoc.), and Vaughn McDonald (Richmond Valley Council) meet at Murwillumbah Station to discus the new plan. Source: NRRT Inc.

The campaign to develop a rail trail on the NSW north coast has taken on renewed hopes after the ambitious project missed out on securing state government funding earlier this year. However, under the revised plan – viewed as stage one of the project – development of the section of trail through Byron Bay and Casino will be put on ice.

Tue
29
Sep
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Sydney CBD finally gets 'missing link' bike lanes ahead of traffic turmoil

Cyclists on Sydney's newest bike lane on Castlereagh Street. Source: Sydney Cycleways

Sydney finally has a connected route of separated bike lanes through the city centre following the opening of two crucial missing links.

On Monday, 2.5km of new separated bike lanes opened on Castlereagh and Liverpool Streets, linking to the existing Kent Street bike lane.

The new lanes mean cyclists can now safely cross the central business district (CBD) from north to south between the Harbour Bridge and Central Station.

Tue
22
Sep
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The ACT becomes latest region to introduce 'metre matters' laws

Share the road with cyclists. Cycle Traveller

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the latest region of Australia to introduce a minimum safe passing distance for cyclists in an effort to reduce cycling fatalities and injuries on our roads. From November 1, 2015, the ACT will begin a two-year trial of what has become known as the 'metre matters' laws. Under the trial, all motorists driving at speeds of up to 60km/h will be required to leave a space of one metre when overtaking cyclists, or a space of 1.5 metres when driving above that speed. ACT Minister for Justice, Shane Rattenbury said the ‘metre matters’ laws have already achieved success in Queensland, where the trial is working well, and also in South Australia, where the laws will be introduced soon.

Tue
25
Aug
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Popular rail trail tipped to get funding boost from Victorian government

People using the 50km O'Keefe Rail Trail starting in Bendigo. Source: Bendigo Tourism.

The O'Keefe Rail Trail in rural Victoria is expected to receive funding towards a feasibility study into extending it even closer toward Melbourne, a local news group has reported. The O'Keefe – a crushed granite trail which starts in the historical gold town of Bendigo and runs southeast for 50km to Heathcote, was completed in May 2015.

Fri
14
Aug
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Vivente makes two notable changes to its touring bikes

Vivente World Randonneur Swabia touring bike with Rohloff gears, TRP hydraulic disc brakes and drop handlebars.

After having sold out across the country, the new model Vivente World Randonneur touring bikes have hit the stores with an expanded line-up and a couple of notable modifications. Building on the significant developments of 2014 when the World Randonneur range was split into four distinct models, a further two models have been added, boosting the total to six. All models revolve around the same Vivente World Randonneur chromoly steel touring frame but feature different gear, brake and handlebar set-ups.

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