Cycling in the news: 9 – 15 November

Glen Fuller, Gordon Waitt, Ian Buchanan, Tess Lea and Theresa Harada write about overcoming the various obstacles associated with switching to active transport in this article for The Conversation. There are some responses to the article here.

A report from the Australian Automobile Association shows an increase in on-road fatalities in the last 12 months, reports SBS. Cyclist deaths increased 80 per cent, the highest increase compared to drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists.

ACT’s peak cycling body Pedal Power has made a budget submission asking for ACT’s ‘chronically underfunded’ shared cycling paths to be upgraded. There’s conflict in the Facebook thread, particularly in relation to who should pay for the upgrade.

Many news outlets reported the tragic death of five time Paralympic gold medallist, Kieran Modra, who was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bike. See the Advertiser, ABC News, the Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au, and The Australian. Numerous comment threads on Facebook expressed sympathy. (See for example The Advertiser, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sydney Morning Herald).

The Newcastle Herald reports that Lake Macquarie Council has acquired land to extend the Fernleigh Track from Belmont to Blacksmiths. Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser has said that it would create “one of the state’s great coastal walks and rides” by enabling off-road cycling in the area. Comment thread is here.

The new trains coming to NSW’s South Coast Line will have specially designed bike racks, reports the Illawarra Mercury. The trains are due to service the line in 2021. The responses to the new trains are mixed.

This article from Domain highlights the findings of a report which indicates that building new roads will not ease congestion because it will lead to ‘induced demand.’ The article doesn’t mention cycling, but instead frames car sharing as part of the solution (the report was published by a car sharing company.)

The Age reports that a 79-year-old man is in a critical condition after being hit by a cyclist in a shopping centre car park.

A disqualified driver who hit and seriously injured a cyclist and did not stop has been jailed for at least ten months, reports ABC News.

The Age reports that the man who killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer in a high-speed crash on Chapel Street in Melbourne has been sentenced to 11 years jail.

A driver has been jailed for 17 years for the murder of a cyclist in a hit-and-run crash in NSW in 2018, reports the Guardian.

Wollongong City Council has announced a plan to turn former industrial parkland with spectacular views of the Illawarra coast into a major mountain biking playground. Comment thread is here.

Plans to introduce bike lanes along a Brisbane road that has been the site of a number of cyclist accidents have been scrapped after residents objected to the removal of car parks to create the lanes (see also here). Many Facebook users were happy with the announcement, and took the opportunity to criticise cyclists.

The Daily Telegraph and the NZ herald published a story about a cyclist laying across four priority seats on a busy Auckland train who refused to move. The cyclist’s behaviour has attracted significant criticism.

A cyclist died after he lost control and crashed his bike in Peregian Beach, Qld.

The popular riesling cycling trail in the Clare Valley has been extended.

Cadel Evans is launching a new campaign urging women to take up cycling.

Kevin Chalmier is 92 but still rides his bike every day, and is a member of the Banyule Bicycle User Group.

A 65 year old male cyclist was struck by a car on NSW’s Northern Beaches. The cyclist suffered multiple fractures.

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