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Time for government to act on crazy cocktail of bicycles and cars

For a while it was getting safer for cyclists on the roads but now there’s evidence riding is getting more dangerous again, says guest writer Jeremy Dore. Governments are responding much too slowly

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Are Dutch motorists strictly liable if they collide with cyclists?

There’s a common view that a key reason cycling is so popular in The Netherlands is because motorists are strictly liable for damages in the event they collide with a cyclist. But is it true?

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How many bicycles is too bloody many? Competition winners

The winners of The Urbanist’s Where to Ride book competition are Sian Dart and Jane Lodge. For many entrants in the competition, too many bicycles in a household is never enough!

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Why do we cycle to work but not to the shops?

We’re cycling to work in increasing numbers but we’re less inclined to ride locally. On the face of it, local trips would seem better suited to cycling. Perhaps it’s about the attractiveness of the alternatives

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How come the Dutch got cycle paths and not us?

A key reason the Netherlands has the highest level of cycling for day-to-day transport in the world is its extensive network of high quality, safe bicycle paths. But it wasn’t always like that – the key message of this video (see exhibit) is that most of the bicycle network was built from the mid-1970s onward. [...]

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Should bicycle lanes be abolished?

Over on the Bicycle Victoria Forums there’s a thread on something called “vehicular cycling”. This term is new to me and probably to most readers too. As I read it, the key premise of vehicular cycling is that cyclists should “claim” the roads. Rather than being segregated in bicycle lanes that too often are narrow [...]

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Cycling in The Netherlands

Fascinating video of dedicated route followed by children cycling to school in The Netherlands. This gives a perspective on cycling that you wouldn’t get from the standard tourist spots. Note the suburban setting – it ties in with my earlier post arguing that the suburbs have greater potential for cycling than the inner city, not [...]

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