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Is questioning the bicycle helmet law being ‘contrary’?

Media Watch characterised Radio National’s questioning of the mandatory bicycle helmet law as “all about being contrary”. ‘Contrary’ is a heavily loaded term and should be used with care

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Is promoting health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?

Emphasising the exercise and health benefits is a good way to promote cycling in the short term but it might make it harder to win serious mode share in Australian cities in the long run

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Should cycling on footpaths be made legal?

The Barnett Government is reportedly moving to make cycling on footpaths in WA legal for cyclists of all ages. As usual, there are good arguments both for and against such a move

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Are motorcycles the answer to urban traffic congestion?

Imagine if the streets of inner city Australia teemed with small, quiet motorcycles, scooters and bicycles with only the occasional car or truck. Imagine if they looked more like Hanoi than LA

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Why don’t more train travellers ‘bike and ride’?

Bicycles are hardly used at all for cycling to the station in Austalia’s major cities; one reason is lack of secure bicycle storage at rail stations but it’s only one of a number of constraints

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How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

Cycling in Australia was much bigger historically – 10% mode share during WW2 – than it is now, but it’s never come anywhere near the past and present popularity of cycling in the Netherlands

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Are bicycle freeways the way cycling should be headed?

Glamorous proposals for dedicated cycling infrastructure seem to be all the go but they’re not the best way forward. Lots of dull and boring – but safe – bike paths are mostly what’s needed

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How far can cycling go in Australian cities?

Is there any reason why cycling couldn’t be as popular in Sydney or Brisbane as it is in Amsterdam? Is it just a matter of providing infrastructure and supportive regulatory policies?

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Should bicycle mirrors be mandatory?

There’s anecdotal evidence that using a mirror while cycling improves safety. It seems logical. So like bells and lights, does it follow that mirrors should be mandatory when cycling on roads?

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Cycling: is the Safety in Numbers effect all about the numbers?

There are various explanations for why the Safety in Numbers effect seems to work. New research with important policy implications suggests it’s really about rider density, not numbers

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