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Mon
24
Nov
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The people of Sydney have been had by Baird's bike path farce

Sydney's cyclists enjoying a ride across the Harbour Bridge during the Spring Cycle. Cycle Traveller

OPINION – Mike Baird's NSW State Government's lack of vision is baffling. When the rest of the world's largest cities are turning to protected bicycle lanes to ease congestion, NSW has backflipped once again on developing a separated bicycle path that would allow cyclists to safely traverse Australia's biggest city – Sydney.

Tue
18
Nov
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Thai PM puts bike routes on the agenda as a matter of "urgency"

Cyclist in Thailand. Cycle Traveller

Thailand could see a dramatic increase in dedicated bicycle lanes and routes throughout the country, if the Prime Minister gets his way. According to the Bangkok Post, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is seeking a national policy on cycle routes as a matter of “urgency”. The plan, which requires cabinet approval in December, aims to alleviate the country's often chronic traffic congestion and to encourage Thais to become more active.

Tue
04
Nov
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Negligent cyclist ordered to pay $1.7 million in damages

Should cyclists get third party accident insurance? Image via Wiki Commons. Cycle Traveller

Cycling insurance has been thrust into the limelight after an ACT Supreme Court judge found a cyclist negligent to the tune of almost $1.7 million. The case centred on two cyclists riding on Capital Circle in Canberra in the ACT in June, 2009. According to the court's judgment document, the first rider, David Blick, who was riding "slightly in front of and to the left of the plaintiff", was found negligent for hitting a piece of wood on the road which, in turn, led him to hit fellow cyclist, Michael Anthony Franklin.

Sat
01
Nov
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Revolutionary solar bike path set to open in The Netherlands

The completed SolaRoad bike path, via Solaroad. Cycle Traveller

Construction of a revolutionary new solar bike path has been completed in The Netherlands, possibly paving the way for a much greener future. Called SolaRoad, the technology turns roads and paths into large solar panels. These sun traps are constructed of concrete modules on top of which sits a solar panel covered by a top layer of tempered safety glass. “At the same time, the top layer must be skid resistant and strong enough in order to realise a safe road surface,” the company says. Currently in a trial phase, the solar bike path is a world-first, with a short 100 metre section set to officially open on November 12 along the provincial road N203 near Krommenie.

Wed
29
Oct
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Brisbane to give cyclists priority over turning vehicles in new trial

Stage 1A of the North Brisbane Bikeway. Cycle Traveller

Cyclist will be given priority over vehicles on sections of the planned North Brisbane Bikeway as part of a new trial, The Courier Mail has reported. The newspaper said the initiative, called the Priority Cycle Crossing trial, would require vehicles turning through the bike path to give way to cyclists and pedestrians before crossing it.

Tue
21
Oct
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Brooks England expands product line with foldable helmets

Brooks folding helmet. Cycle Traveller

Brooks has released a new range of foldable helmets, continuing a recent trend that's had a number of firms launch similar products largely aimed at style conscious urban-based cyclists. The foray into the helmet market by the company, best known for its leather bicycle saddles, increases its product line, which also currently includes leather cycling bags and a clothing range.

Fri
10
Oct
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Melbourne invests in major new North East Bike Link

Artist impression of the new cycling bridge over the Yarra River. Cycle Traveller

Melbourne's cycle path network is set to expand by around 15km as part of the East West Link road project. Premier Denis Napthine said a feature of the $70 million infrastructure project will be the North East Bike Link, which will connect the Chandler Highway near the Eastern Freeway through to Merri Creek and over to two new overpasses for cyclists and pedestrians.

Fri
10
Oct
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Sydney-based businesses embracing cycling culture

Cycling to work on Sydney's bicycle lane network. Cycle Traveller

Google Australia, Telstra and Lend Lease are just some of the companies to set up end-of-trip bicycle facilities at their Sydney offices as an increasing number of businesses recognise the benefits of cycling to work for their staff. “I’m delighted to see businesses around Sydney embracing healthy, active transport and providing their employees with showers, lockers and bike parking,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

Tue
30
Sep
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Bupa lists Cycle Traveller in favourite Instagram cyclists

Cycling near Cape Tribulation, North Queensland. Cycle Traveller

It's always a nice to see bicycle touring in the spotlight, so we were very excited when Bupa Blog author Kimberly Gillian emailed to tell us Cycle Traveller had been named in Bupa's Favourite five cyclists on Instagram – especially among some rather inspiring cyclists.

Wed
24
Sep
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Murray River's Swan Hill aims to boost cycling with new bike paths

Work commences on the Swan Hill Riverside shared path. Cycle Traveller. Source: Swan Hill Council

A bike path linking the popular Victoria tourist town of Swan Hill with Lake Boga has edged closer to commencement with the appointment of an engineering firm to plan construction of the route. The path would extend the Murray River town's recent efforts to promote cycling by providing safer cycling infrastructure. Swan Hill Rural City Council has appointed Heil Engineering Consultants to investigate the required construction works for the proposed trail, which will be approximately 16 kilometres in length.

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