Cycling in the news: 25 Jul to 31 Jul

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (2020, July 25). https://www.smh.com.au/national/global-bicycle-shortage-puts-brakes-on-biking-boom-20200724-p55f9j.html?

A man has died in hospital following a crash in South Brisbane last week in which he allegedly fell from his bike into the path of a ute. The Brisbane Times reported on Saturday that the 42-year-old had been riding with a group of cyclists in Yeronga and was hit while waiting at a suburban intersection. Police told the Times that their investigation of the incident was ongoing.

In Western Australia, a cyclist was injured after being assaulted by two men riding a moped on a cycle path running parallel with the Kwinana Freeway near Rockingham. As Perth Now reported, the cyclist was allegedly pushed from behind by the men, who knocked him to the ground and then fled the scene The 19-year-old cyclist was left with cuts to his face, arms and legs.

In the courts, a 21-year-old woman has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail after pleading guilty to causing the death of Sunshine Coast cyclist David Halliwell. As the ABC reported on Saturday, Mr Halliwell was killed in 2019 after the driver crossed an outside white line and hit him from behind while on her way to work. Judge Glen Cash noted the driver had not been accurate in her account of the incident to police, and that Mr Halliwell was entirely without blame for the crash.

The Age reported on Saturday that Melbourne cyclists and runners “were divided” on whether or not they should be wearing masks while exercising to stop the spread of COVID-19. While restrictions do not require the use of masks when doing “vigorous exercise”, some cyclists have taken it upon themselves to mask up anyway. But for some locals the ambiguity surrounding the new regulations has led to unwanted confusion.

Cycling continues to grow in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. As The Sydney Morning Herald reported, bicycle and parts retailers are reporting high levels of demand through June and July, with many saying it is harder to keep stock on shelves. According to suppliers, orders for new stock were not keeping pace with demand partly because there was a global run on products, and some overseas manufacturers had been “cleared out”.

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