We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
It’s an appealing meme, but the idea Australian cities could replicate the experience of Amsterdam if only they had the political will is harder than it might look
It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible
Segregating bicycles from vehicles is universally recognised as a key safety practice; one way it's achieved in the Netherlands is by pushing through traffic on to motorways
More cyclists on the roads is associated with fewer fatal crashes. The safety in numbers effect might be part of the explanation but there are others that are arguably more important
Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial
Infrastructure is often cited as the explanation for Amsterdam's astonishingly high bicycle use. And so it is, but what gets overlooked is topography. Hilly cities can't do as well
Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car
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
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
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?