Cycling in Sydney Australia
I am arguing on my latest blog post that, now Cadel's victory dancing in our eyes, we are in a good place to re-imagine our whole bike culture.
We know, as vividly as we ever will, what the best of sports cycling looks like. But what about the poor cousin, utility cycling, so much less glamorous and exciting, how does that look?
As they swung around the Champs Elysees again and again, I thought how strange it is that certain other two wheelers, bikes which are just as important in the scheme of things one could argue, don't rate a mention , even as museums and public gardens get the nod from the savvy commentators
I'm talking about the Velibs, the 250,000 public bikes on the streets of that same city, never thought of as a cutaway as round and round we go. This made me realize that utility riding is totally under the shadow of sports cycling and that for the health of both but especially the latter, they need to be peeled apart.
That is my blog topic. See if you agree.
Sorry, I can't credit the charming velib photo
We'd probably not he having this discussion if we had bike share because the uptake around the world of such bikes by new riders proves that these Velibs, Bixis, etc. are very seductive and quickly implant a new perception of the bike.
So, if I could make policy, the first thing I'd do would be to bring a helmet exemption for bike share, knowing this would enable such schemes, which in turn would change the over all bike culture, not by in any way interfering with sports cycling, but by adding another element.
It would be important to have enough share bikes to have an impact. I'd think about 3000 for Sydney for starters
Bike share gets non riders riding, it redefines the bike as a practical transport vehicle, and it proves riding in traffic is not as dangerous as imagined, (Bike share every where has a much better safety record than we have ) all great outcomes.
And please stop talking about hate. It's an easy and unjustified smear.
It's just one person's opinion about one race. He's probably still narked about Rasmussen getting ditched :-)
I don't think people who are wondering about taking up cycling are going to log on to Copehagenize, see those posts and think "no way".
If they can find that blog anyways I just had a flick around Copenhagenize and all I found were pictures of people in urban environments riding bikes. Looked pretty good to me.
If you think that stuff is nasty about "Our Cadel" you should read BikeSnob.
"Susan - Perhaps Colin only watched the last stage."
I didn't watch any of it - I think you may have confused me with Mike.
I admit to not watching a single piece of the Tour News through the Australian Media, with apologies to SBS live at ungodly hours of the day. Instead I downloaded torrents from live Versus (US) live EurosportHD and highlights from ITV4 for each and every stage, avioded the news the following day and watched it later, in the footage from these three sources (US and UKx2) and there were Bikes everywhere, in the fields, adverts, bike shops, city reviews (copenhagen, London, portland, Amsterdam), even a small 10 minute citylovebikes doco on Europsport I think ? on how cycling has fostered a much more community spirit in amsterdam, no cars = safety for kids and a healthy start.
simple stuff, but it is hard to watch and depressing to realise that bike culture in this country is decades behind because what we are actually seeing is Corporate Australia try to position itself into the culture of cycling, and it (corporate australia that is) does not think that sit-ups are the money makers that carbon 7kg zippers and BMC team kits sold to a 1st timer in clarence street for 15K are.
Even last september I had dinner with a senior UCI figure who was here for the worlds, and he did not think Sydney was a bike friendly city.
Pity, don't care what you ride, just ride
yeah, free to air non murdoch and uploaded globally by bike fans (have to say mostly roadies but hey a fix is a fix) pun intended.
SBS have to cost and pay for airtime in a market that they alone covered and supported for years whilst the commercial channels ignored it (thank god) , so SBS are not to blame for this, they covered the tour and that's the product they were selling albeit with ITV coverage, nothing wrong with the SBS coverage, I had the option to watch 2-3 different sources so I took that.
It is interesting to see how the adverts/culture and commentary in different countries are delivered (eg Versus in the US)
all the stages in HD are available in multuiple languages and multiple coverages from cyclingtorrents.nl
Pete, do you have to tell us this the week AFTER the Tour is over???
Ah well there's still the Vuelta. And that doesn't get much coverage on SBS.
you do have to avoid the press the following day , which was (prior to Cadel) pretty easy.
I have young kids and drinking beer at 3:00am on a school nught watching an exciting break away on the col du Galibier or the Tourmalet does no good for my health nor career.
Vuelta will be on the dutch site.
As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a line of separation. I'm a commuter, a sports cyclist (not a racer...), a utility cyclist, and I even put on my cutoffs and go ride in alleycats with the fixxie hipsterz.
Maybe I'm missing the point of your blog, but it seems like there's already too much separation between the two. If we could make the weekend warrior realise that they could ride their bike to work, that would be a huge thing. I know a few riding-for-fitness types who don't even think about using their bike for anything apart from bunch rides. Imagine if all of the corporate cyclists started commuting to work: cycling would sure get noticed and talked about a lot more.