Cycling in the news: 14 – 20 December

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Inner West cyclists fear for their safety due to increasing traffic congestion caused by major construction projects.

The Sydney Morning Herald and Nine News report that two cyclists were hit by a car in Sydney’s North-West, killing one and seriously injuring another. Seven News since reported that the second cyclist has died. Victim blaming in the Nine News Facebook comment thread.

SA police will change how they publicize the road toll in an attempt to make it more personal, as a cyclist who died after being hit by a truck becomes the 105th person killed on the roads this year.

ABC News reports that more people are using e-scooters to beat congestion, putting pressure on state governments to change the laws regulating their use. Meanwhile, the ACT Government announced that e-scooters will be legal for personal use from December 20, but people commenting in the Facebook thread appear to have mixed feelings about it.

The Daily Telegraph’s Great Rail Challenge sought to determine the fastest mode of transport following the opening of the light rail route from Randwick to Surry Hills: car, bike, tram, Uber, bus or by foot. (Spoiler alert, the bike won, closely followed by the car).

Science Daily reports on a large UK study which found that walking and cycling to work is linked with fewer heart attacks.

The Age, Nine News, and Seven News report that a young driver who hit and killed a cyclist after falling asleep at the wheel was sentenced to ten months youth detention. The sentence is just short of the twelve months that would likely have seen the Iranian refugee deported.

The Courier reports that a cyclist has been killed after a hit and run accident, resulting in the closure of the Western Highway in Victoria.

Two cyclists were involved in an accident after wind from a passing truck caused them to crash in Lara, Victoria. One cyclist was treated at the scene and the other was hospitalized.

A cyclist has been killed after a hit and run accident, resulting in the closure of the Western Highway in Victoria.

The Guardian reports on the litany of problems facing AusCycling – a consolidated cycling body which was meant to bring the different cycling bodies in Australia together. Instead, the developments have been said to be jeopardizing the governance of cycling in Australia.

Residents of Caulfield North are angry that a safe cycling corridor is going ahead, which will result in the removal of parking spaces on one side of a busy road.

Labor is considering removing on-street parking in Brisbane’s CBD to make way for dedicated bike lanes.

According to a Wollongong Northern Suburbs residents group, footpaths in Wollongong should be shared so that cyclists can use them, reports the Illawarra Mercury.

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