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Are kids cycling a whole lot less?

Are kids cycling a whole lot less?

A big drop in the number of children's bicycles imported into Australia last year doesn't mean large numbers of children are losing interest in cycling

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

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

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

Did Sydneysiders cycle more in the 1980s?

Did Sydneysiders cycle more in the 1980s?

There’s a long thread at Sydney Cyclist dealing with Rissell and Gillham’s contention that cycling has declined significantly in Australia since the 1980s. Rissell and Gillham say the number of cyclists dropped on a per capita basis “by 37.5% between 1986 and 2011.” I discussed some technical aspects of this issue on 22 June 2012, […]

Why don’t kids cycle to school?

Why don’t kids cycle to school?

A new study has found 63% of school children in Australia are taken to school for all or part of the journey by car. This contrasts with just 16% who travelled by car in 1970 (although the figures aren’t strictly comparable as the latter also includes university students). The study, Active travel to school, was […]

Spare infrastructure capacity – is it a tall story?

Spare infrastructure capacity – is it a tall story?

Here’s more evidence that claims of “spare” infrastructure capacity in inner city and inner suburban areas are a tall story. The Sunday Age reports that Port Melbourne Primary School, Malvern Primary and Middle Park Primary are the first schools to get double storey portable classrooms. Two storey portables are a natural evolution – practically every […]

Cycling in The Netherlands

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 […]