transport

Bike parking: the next generation

This caught my eye: a commuter at Aircraft station: ...uses the station five days a week and said she had given up trying to get a park at the station. “Because of the traffic congestion on Point Cook Road and because of the lack of car parking facilities at the station, I choose to walk or to cycle to the stationStar Weekly, 2/4/2019 "No love for Aircraft train station" Aircraft is not uni

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Is this Melbourne’s narrowest bike lane?

Is this Melbourne's narrowest bike lane? What exactly is the point here? I wonder if it actually offers cyclists any safety if they have to move out into traffic every time there's a parked car? I'm not sure that it inspires me as a prospective cyclist. Pic from Brewer Road, Bentleigh. I thought Neerim Road in Carnegie had some narrow bike lanes, but those are wider than a parked car.

transport

Bike helmets

Radio National's Background Briefing had a feature story on the bike helmet debate yesterday morning. You can download it and listen to it here. It talks about Melbourne's bike share scheme; the experience in Europe (where cyclist numbers are higher, but injuries are lower) vs Australia (which it sounds like is the only country with compulsory bike helmet laws, since 1990, and is now cited in E

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Bike share – is it working?

A commenter challenged me to learn a bit more about bike sharing before writing about it again (previous post), but didn't point me to a specific URL. So I did a little digging. As it happens the Melbourne Leader had an article on it this week: The State Government-funded scheme has attracted just 185 subscribers and 1350 trips since its launch in May, with BYO helmets and high deposit c

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Bike hire scheme: BYO helmet!

I said in May I had my doubts about the bike hire scheme for central Melbourne. Well, it's been announced that the RACV will run it, and it'll involve 600 bikes across 50 sites in the City of Melbourne. There's some irony to RACV running a bike hire scheme. I guess it's another thing to help them look green while they continue lobbying for motorways -- thus their claims to be a ''mobility''