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A Tale of Two Cities

Phil Latz explores Melbourne and the reasons that the divide between the
inner city and outers suburbs, which have become much more apparent in recent times.

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The Best Tool for the Job

#BikeIsBest is a UK bike industry funded media campaign promoting cycling. It’s a collaboration between industry, advocacy organisations and local authorities. Out of Home (billboard) company Clear Channel has also donated about £250,000 (A$455,000) worth of space on electronic billboards in prime city locations.

Tenuous Infrastructure – The Sequel

Last month I wrote an extensive article about some new ‘temporary’ infrastructure being trialled in my home town of Wollongong NSW. I began by saying that I didn’t want to make a habit of writing about back-yard stories. I intend for the Micromobility...

Dutch Cargo Bike Rides on Passion, Expertise, and Lived Experience

Dutch Cargo was founded in 2010 by Jurgen and Emmy Heikamp, two Dutch nationals who brought their experience and passion for day-to-day cycling with them to Australia.

Cargo Craft Offers 50 Million Kilometres of Proven Reliability

For the first time, Australian consumers can now purchase one of the most thoroughly tested, locally designed, bulletproof e-bikes in our nation.

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.

More Than Just Handmade Bikes at HBSA 2021

Phil Latz attended the 2021 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia to visit the custom bicycle frame builders and other bicycle product and accessories distributors on display.

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.

Bird Going Public at $3 Billion Valuation

New York City, New York, USA Micromobility company Bird, announced Wednesday 12th May 2021 it plans to go public...

Electric Cars Not So Great – Planning Minister Says

Sydney, NSW NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has warned Sydney risks being enslaved to cars as he becomes the...

London’s Bikeshare Scheme to Expand and Add Ebikes

London, UK Transport for London (TfL) has reached an agreement with Santander that will see the financial services provider...

Canberra Ranks as Australia’s Best Cycling City

Boulder, Colorado, USA Leading USA based cycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes has just released its fourth annual City Ratings report.

Helping Employers and Their Staff to Make the Move

Canberra, ACT On 26th May ACT’s Minister for Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury announced funding for a new pilot program...

ACT Scooter Share Schemes Tipped to Expand

Canberra, ACT Although there will not be an official announcement until July, results of a major government survey and...

At A Glance – Ebike Sales Boom in Europe

Europe The data below shows the number of ebikes sold in calendar year 2020 and the percentage growth over...

Cyclists Demand Access to Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland, New Zealand Not unlike Sydney, Auckland is a city on two sides of a large harbour that is...

Mobility App Will Show Location of Rideables in Sydney and Canberra

Canberra, ACT Micromobility company Beam has partnered with mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions provider Moovit to show users where Beam’s electric...

Significant New Agreement and Funding for Dungog NSW MTB Park

Dungog, NSW A historic agreement between the NSW Government and Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council has secured Dungog’s future...

Trail Towns TV Set to Launch on SBS

Sydney, NSW A new TV series, highlighting the best cycling destinations around Australia launched on SBS TV on Saturday...

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...

10 Tips for New Micromobility Cities

As micromobility becomes mainstream in Australia and around the world, cities are starting to see broader value in addition to the transport benefit. Since 2018, Australian smart cities around the country (excluding cities in NSW and Victoria) have been encouraging micromobility operators to provide e-scooter and now, ebike services in their jurisdictions.
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A Tale of Two Cities

I’ve never actually lived in Melbourne. But over the past 31 years since starting Bicycling Australia, our first cycling media business, I’ve usually visited Melbourne, which is the centre of Australia’s bicycle industry, at least six times per year… once every eight weeks or so. That totals around 200 visits, so it’s a familiar city to me.

Electric Cars Not So Great – Planning Minister Says

Sydney, NSW NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has warned Sydney risks being enslaved to cars as he becomes the...

Helping Employers and Their Staff to Make the Move

Canberra, ACT On 26th May ACT’s Minister for Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury announced funding for a new pilot program...

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...

Tenuous Infrastructure – The Sequel

Last month I wrote an extensive article about some new ‘temporary’ infrastructure being trialled in my home town of Wollongong NSW. I began by saying that I didn’t want to make a habit of writing about back-yard stories. I intend for the Micromobility...

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…”

Cyclists Demand Access to Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland, New Zealand Not unlike Sydney, Auckland is a city on two sides of a large harbour that is...

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.
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Trail Towns TV Set to Launch on SBS

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London, UK Transport for London (TfL) has reached an agreement with Santander that will see the financial services provider...

Canberra Ranks as Australia’s Best Cycling City

Boulder, Colorado, USA Leading USA based cycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes has just released its fourth annual City Ratings report.

Helping Employers and Their Staff to Make the Move

Canberra, ACT On 26th May ACT’s Minister for Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury announced funding for a new pilot program...

ACT Scooter Share Schemes Tipped to Expand

Canberra, ACT Although there will not be an official announcement until July, results of a major government survey and...

At A Glance – Ebike Sales Boom in Europe

Europe The data below shows the number of ebikes sold in calendar year 2020 and the percentage growth over...

Cyclists Demand Access to Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland, New Zealand Not unlike Sydney, Auckland is a city on two sides of a large harbour that is...

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Canberra, ACT Micromobility company Beam has partnered with mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions provider Moovit to show users where Beam’s electric...

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Brisbane, Qld Eight-hundred dockless bikes will join a growing fleet of electric scooters on Brisbane streets within weeks, as...

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