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Thu
06
Aug
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Australia's mandatory helmet law up for review. Will it stay?

Do all cyclists need to wear bicycle helmets? Or should the rider decide?

As part of a broad review in which Australia will reflect on whether it has been too much of a 'nanny state', the Federal government will take a second look at Australia's mandatory helmet law to determine if it's really all it's cracked up to be.

Sun
26
Jul
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Australia's cycling participation rate continues to decline

Cycling commuting at night in Melbourne. Source: ymgerman / Shutterstock.com

Australia is set to fail dismally in its attempt to double cycling participation by next year, with a new report revealing the percentage of people actively riding their bikes has actually fallen since the target was set in 2011. Furthermore, it suggests it may continue to fall as our population ages.

Mon
13
Jul
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Cadel's Great Ocean Road Race to boost Victorian tourism

Cyclists in the inaugural 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Cycle Traveller

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race looks set to become a major tourist attraction for Victoria with the new event already starting to earn the respect of the world's pro-cycling governing body, race organisers said today.

Following the success of the inaugural one-day pro cycling challenge in January this year, organisers said the Elite Men's Road Race had attracted 'in principle' support for a 1.HC classification from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Tue
07
Jul
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Bike SA launches poll for cyclist input on new safety campaign

South Australia citizens jury on road safety. Cycle Traveller

South Australia's community cycling group Bike SA has launched a poll to help gather information that would be useful in developing an effective media campaign for cyclists and motorists to share the road.

Thu
25
Jun
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Cyclists protest as bike lanes in Sydney and Adelaide threatened

Via @smladyman, protestors on Sydney's College Street cycleway. Cycle Traveller

Cyclists in Sydney are planning to step up protest efforts to save the College Street cycleway from demolition, while in Adelaide, a petition has started circulating to prevent changes to the new Frome Street separated bike lane. Both lanes have come under threat, despite the significant investment in building them, amid plans to increase vehicle traffic into both cities.

Tue
23
Jun
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Tumbarumba trumps Byron Bay for NSW rail trail funding

Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail proposed site. Cycle Traveller

The rolling hills to the north-east of the Snowy Mountains have emerged as the preferred location for NSW's first government-funded rail trail, leaving plans for a trail through Byron Bay up in the air.

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro announced Friday that a scenic 21km stretch of unused rail corridor from Tumbarumba to Rosewood in southern NSW had been chosen from a group of 12 projects for potential development under the state government's Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Thu
04
Jun
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World's Top 20 bike friendly cities for 2015

Cycling in Paris, France, one of the world's bike-friendly cities. Cycle Traveller

Amsterdam has been trumped as the world's most cyclable city, with Copenhagen moving into the top spot for the first time, the 2015 Copenhagenize Index of the world's most bike friendly cities shows.

The Danish capital took out the honours after ranking a close second in the past two lists – an index of the Top 20 most bike friendly cities in the world, released every two years by urban design consultancy Copenhagenize Design Co.

Fri
29
May
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ACT to spend $23mln on cycling infrastructure in latest budget

Canberra Australia map. Cycle Traveller

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government will spend $23 million to expand and improve it's bicycle and pedestrian path network. Talking to 666 ABC Canberra radio, Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said $23 million would be spent to build new bike paths and pedestrian ways as well as make improvements to aging 'active network' infrastructure.

Wed
13
May
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Petition launched to finish 160km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Map of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Source: BVRT. Cycle Traveller

With a new state government in power, supporters of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) have launched a petition to complete two missing links that would see the BVRT become the longest rail trail in Australia. The BVRT runs 160km along the old rail formations between Wulkuraka in Ipswich to Yarraman in South Burnett. However, two key sections – 15km between Wulkuraka to Wanora and 30km from Toogoolawah to Moore – are missing, leaving the trail disjointed.

Thu
07
May
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NSW rail trail hopefuls line up for $50 million in funding

A rail bridge on the proposed Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Cycle Traveller

Rail Trail groups around NSW are eagerly awaiting the state government's decision on who will be shortlisted for a share in $50 million in funding, but with many hands reaching for the pot, some will come away empty handed. Following the first round of applications, the NSW government will announce later this month which projects will be shortlisted to provide a more detailed pitch for a share of the $50 million set aside in the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Plan for rail trail development. It will be the first time the NSW government has actively encouraged rail trails in the state.

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