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The Tenuous Life of

Temporary Infrastructure

We’ve seen ‘temporary’ infrastructure, literally popping up in cities all over the world. Over the coming months and years, the battles will be fought, city by city to either make permanent or discard each element of this new temporary infrastructure.

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Yuba’s Spicy Curry is a Genuine Alternative to a Car

Cargocycles founder Gary Cookson is not just running a thriving business. He’s passionate about what the products he sells can do for our families, cities and environment. "Cargo bikes can definitely replace a second car"

Made in Australia – Krankie Cargo Tricycles

On an unassuming suburban house block, located about 10 kilometres south-west of Sydney’s city centre, Andrew Graf is manufacturing possibly the most complex bikes ever to be made in Australia.

Adelaide’s Bad Decision is Just a Symptom of Deeper Issues

Let’s start with a confession, then some context, before I offer my opinion for your consideration and comment, that I grew up in the city that will be ‘Exhibit A’ in this opinion column.

Australia’s Turn Next?

Australia and Canada have a lot in common. They’re both former British colonies, who to this day enjoy friendly sporting rivalry every four years at the Commonwealth Games.

When Will Our Governments Start Joining the Dots?

In this article I’ll look at two recent decisions by two different governments, that are equally disturbing for a slightly differing set of reasons. Banning Scooter Trials: Andrew Constance has deep roots in the Bega region on NSW’s far south coast. In the 1860’s his great-great-grandfather, James Constance, drove a team of bullocks through the Bega Valley and settled there as a bush pioneer until his death in 1912. Andrew Constance told this story in greater detail during his maiden speech to the NSW parliament on 21st May 2003. In that same maiden speech he said, “The broader policy questions about the environment mean surely it is time to dare our Government and citizens to consider every option…”

Australian Ingenuity Creates World Leading Ebike Racks

Due to their extra size and weight, Ebikes can present design challenges when it comes to transporting them on the back of a vehicle. But Australian manufacturer GripSport has come up with unique solutions to these challenges. From modest beginnings in founder Jon Weaving’s backyard workshop back in 1998, GripSport is now quite probably the largest bicycle related manufacturing business in Australia. It now occupies three adjacent factory units in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, where it’s highly skilled and experienced team employ the latest design technology and even robot fabrication of some components. This expertise in design and manufacture shows though in their latest GSE racks that carry two ebikes weighing up to 30 kg each.

The Stark Politics of Vehicle Choice Revealed

San Diego, California  In wealthy western countries, apart from avid cyclists and inner city dwellers of major cities, most residents...

Shimano Launches First e-Cargo Specific Drive Units

Osaka, Japan On 27 April Shimano announced the launch of two new e-Cargo drive unit models, advancing its position in the...

Bike Brands Now Targeting Mainstream Consumers

In another sign of how cycling is rapidly becoming ‘mainstream’, two very different bicycle companies are both reaching out beyond the usual audience of bicycle brand marketing campaigns.

How Bicycle Frames Could Become Batteries

One of the downsides of electric bicycles is that they’re heavier than conventional bikes. But imagine if the bicycle frame itself could also be the battery.

Book Review: Cycling for Sustainable Cities

Ralph Buehler and John Pucher are two highly regarded and widely published American academics. It has taken them almost a decade, but in early 2021 they’ve published Cycling for Sustainable Cities.

German Sales Point to Future Growth Potential in Australia

If you’re wondering why bicycle factories cannot produce enough bikes, parts and accessories to keep up with both Australian and global demand, a look at the 2020 sales figures of just one country, Germany, will help to explain why.

Another Bike Share Scheme Launches in New York City

New York City, New York, USA  In New York City, the dominant micromobility option is Citi Bike, the official bike-sharing system...

China’s Largest Bike Share Files for USA Float

China Hello, China’s largest bike-share provider, recently filed information in preparation for its U.S. IPO (initial public offering). After three consecutive years of losses, the Ant-backed micromobility giant...

New York City and London Commence Scooter Trials

New York City, New York, USA and London, UK  New York City’s days as one of the last remaining holdouts...

Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Options Kept Secret

Sydney, NSW  As of April 2021, plans for Sydney Harbour Bridge’s long-awaited northern cycleway are being deliberately withheld from...

Latest Data Documents Massive Cycling Growth in UK

London, UK  Pedal cycles travelled five billion miles (8 billion kilometres) on Great Britain’s roads in 2020, 45.7% further than in...

Beam Gets Proactive Ahead of Melbourne Scooter Decision

Melbourne, Victoria  In late April, the Victorian Government announced it will undertake a trial to understand how e-scooters can...

Bike Counter Data Shows Clear Covid Spike

We’ve all seen increased cycling activity during Covid lockdowns and heard about the surge in demand for bicycles and related equipment. But it’s interesting to see some hard data that precisely measures cycling activity...

Unpacking the USA’s Bike-Sharing and Ebike Boom

Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs.

Canada’s Historic First Federal Funding of Cycling Infrastructure

On 12th March 2021 Canada’s federal government announced C$400 million (A$416 million) in funding to be invested over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.

Rail Trail Benefits Shine Through in New Video

Tumbarumba, NSW  Bicycle NSW, Rail Trails Australia and Rail Trails for NSW have collaborated to produce an excellent five...

E-Scooter Racing World Circuit Gathers Momentum

Not many people would wish to hit speeds in excess of 100kph on a transport device with no roll cage, completely open to the elements and riding on 16 centimetre wheels travelling just a few centimetres off the ground. This is, however, what anyone taking a trip on an eSkootr S1X racing e-scooter can look forward to. The eSkootr S1X has been created for the planned eSkootr Championship (eSC) which will start towards the end of the year. The races will be conducted on specially built circuits – concrete seams and cracks in pavement would not do at these speeds on a ride with such tiny wheels – in city parks, streets or within stadiums.

Capturing the Compelling Case for Rail Trails

Virtually every Australian rail trail proves to be a huge boon to its local economy when it’s opened. Yet virtually every proposed new trail, especially in NSW, take years of pitch battles fought by heroic volunteers in order to overcome the same ill-informed and negative arguments that are thrown up against them. We recently became aware of a particularly eloquent letter that was written by a local resident nine months after a landmark rail trail in NSW was finally opened last year.

Another Bike Share Scheme Launches in New York City

New York City, New York, USA  In New York City, the dominant micromobility option is Citi Bike, the official bike-sharing system...
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The Tenuous Life of Temporary Infrastructure

Wollongong, NSW  Covid-19 has brought tragedy on a global scale, which I don’t want to disrespect in any way, but it has...

Sydney Harbour Bridge Concept Plans Finally Released

Sydney, NSW  After years of delays to the long-awaited project, NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, revealed the final concepts for the...

Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Options Kept Secret

Sydney, NSW  As of April 2021, plans for Sydney Harbour Bridge’s long-awaited northern cycleway are being deliberately withheld from...

Hobart Reduces CBD Speed Limits

Effective from Monday 1st February 2021, Hobart has become the latest Australian city to lower its speed limits on central city streets. As you can see from the map accompanying this article for all but two roads the speed limit has been reduced from 50 kph to 40kph. The small roads shown in grey were already 40 kph.

Adelaide’s Bad Decision is Just a Symptom of Deeper Issues

Let’s start with a confession, then some context, before I offer my opinion for your consideration and comment, that I grew up in the city that will be ‘Exhibit A’ in this opinion column.

Australia’s Turn Next?

Australia and Canada have a lot in common. They’re both former British colonies, who to this day enjoy friendly sporting rivalry every four years at the Commonwealth Games.

When Will Our Governments Start Joining the Dots?

In this article I’ll look at two recent decisions by two different governments, that are equally disturbing for a slightly differing set of reasons. Banning Scooter Trials: Andrew Constance has deep roots in the Bega region on NSW’s far south coast. In the 1860’s his great-great-grandfather, James Constance, drove a team of bullocks through the Bega Valley and settled there as a bush pioneer until his death in 1912. Andrew Constance told this story in greater detail during his maiden speech to the NSW parliament on 21st May 2003. In that same maiden speech he said, “The broader policy questions about the environment mean surely it is time to dare our Government and citizens to consider every option…”

We Don’t Need These Killers in Australia!

For micromobility to flourish, people need to feel safe on our roads. Over the past couple of years, I have been alarmed and dismayed to see a rapid acceleration in the number of ‘hyper macho pickup trucks’ being imported from the USA and appearing on our streets.

Canada’s Historic First Federal Funding of Cycling Infrastructure

On 12th March 2021 Canada’s federal government announced C$400 million (A$416 million) in funding to be invested over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.

Adelaide Scraps Plans for Critical Bikeway

Adelaide City Council has abandoned plans to spend $5.8m on a new east-west city bikeway.

Major Expansion of 40 kph Zones in Canberra

Australia’s capital city is about to significantly expand its 40 kph zones in the CBD’s of Civic, Braddon, and Tuggeranong.

Critical Missing Link Receives $1.5 Million in Funding

For years, local cycling and walking advocates have been campaigning to reopen the Glenbrook Tunnel in the Blue Mountains of NSW, just west of Sydney.
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