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Wed
11
Feb
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Construction starts on Castlereagh St bike lane but Sydney cyclists dubious

Construction of the southern section of the Castlereagh bike lane begins. Source: Sydney Cycleways. Cycle Traveller

It's finally happening – construction has started on the southern section of Sydney's Castlereagh Street cycleway, with the separated lane on Liverpool Street also getting the green light to begin work this month. But while cyclists in the city are breathing a collective sigh of relief, concerns still remain about whether the new bike plan will result in a safe and connected cycleway network.

Thu
29
Jan
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How thieves are using social media to steal your bike

Strava heat map of where cyclists were riding on Saturday morning in Melbourne. Cycle Traveller

With bicycle theft on the rise, an insurance company is alerting cyclist who use GPS tracking apps on social media that unwanted eyes may be watching them. More than 5000 bicycles were reported stolen in Victoria alone in fiscal 2013-14, and many more were likely to have gone unreported. The number is up 7% from the previous year, continuing an increasing trend that started in 2010.

Wed
21
Jan
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Lost railway ignites Blue Mountains rail trail hopes

A forgotten railway line from the 1800s is discovered in the Blue Mountains. Cycle Traveller

The rediscovery of a forgotten railway line on the outskirts of Sydney could prove to be an important missing link in plans to develop a rail trail across the Blue Mountains, the chair of the local Sustainable Transport Group (STG) says. And if the idea of a rail trail through one of Australia's favourite weekend destinations isn't enough to get you excited, Hereward Dundas-Taylor, chair of the Blue Mountains' STG, says the trail forms part of even grander plans to establish a bicycle route from Manly to Mudgee.

Mon
19
Jan
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Demand surge sees Europcar add bike racks to hire cars

Europcar expands fleet of bike rack hire cars in Australia. Cycle Traveller

Europcar has been outfitting more hire cars with rooftop bike racks and sending them to Adelaide after the car rental company's existing bike-ready fleet was completely booked out ahead of the Tour Down Under. “Demand for bike-ready vehicles has hit fever pitch with the Tour Down Under rolling into town. We have had to push forward plans to outfit more vehicles in order to cope,” said Ron Santiago, Europcar Australia managing director.

Mon
19
Jan
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Queensland removes three frustrating road rules for cyclists

Bicycle lane in Australia. Cycle Traveller

Three frustrating road rules for cyclists in Queensland have officially been removed, making riding a bike safer and more convenient. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has made changes to the rules that govern how cyclists are to cross at zebra crossings, pass through roundabouts and use bicycle lanes. These sensible changes mimic how many cyclists already behave, removing the risk of being fined for menial offences.

Mon
12
Jan
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NSW rail trail dream edges closer to reality with $50m in funding

A rail tunnel on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Source: NRRT. Cycle Traveller

Rail trails could finally become a reality in NSW after the state government announced $50 million would be available for pilot projects on two key stretches of disused railway lines. The 130km Casino to Murwillumbah via Byron Bay line (Northern Rivers Rail Trail), in the state's northeast, and the 21km Rosewood to Tumbarumba track (Riverina Highlands Rail Trail), in the state's south, are the two rail corridors earmarked for the funds.

Fri
02
Jan
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Bicycle NSW calls on cyclists to speak up over part-time bike lane

Cycling in Sydney. Cycle Traveller

The planned removal of Sydney's College Street cycleway won't go ahead until a six-month trial of a new part-time cycleway on Castleraegh Street has been properly evaluated, the state's peak cycling body has confirmed. However, skeptical of the outcome, Bicycle NSW is calling on cyclists to make their voices heard as part of their #cyclesways4people campaign.

Wed
24
Dec
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15 low cost innovations that boost cycling

Bicycle corral parking in Carlton, Victoria. Austroads. Cycle Traveller

A Melbourne bicycle parking facility that delivered local shopkeepers four times more expenditure than the car spaces it replaced is just one of 15 projects singled out in a report identifying cost effective ways to boost cycling in Australia. The report, 'Low Cost Innovations to Encourage Cycling', was released by Austroads earlier this month.

Thu
18
Dec
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Fledgling bike share scheme emerges in Canberra

Cyclist using a Spinway Canberra bike share bicycle. Cycle Traveller

A fledgling bike share scheme is emerging in Canberra, with two automated bike rental stations now located outside two of the city's major hotels. The scheme, operated by Spinway Canberra, provides visitors and locals who don't own a bicycle with the opportunity to use the city's extensive bicycle network, which includes bike paths to all major tourist attractions and suburbs within the ACT.

Tue
25
Nov
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Queensland council spreads one metre message on cycling vest

Logan council's RU1M cycling safety vests. Cycle Traveller

A local council's move to sell high-visibility vests with 'RU1m' emblazoned on the back is the latest attempt at improving cycling safety, as cycling-related near misses and deaths continue to mount. Logan City Council, situated between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, has begun selling the new vests as part of a broader campaign aimed as raising awareness of Queensland's new minimum passing distance law.

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