Cycling in Sydney Australia
In today's SMH letters, Michael O'Briens ponders the disparity between child seats in cars (requiring installation by a trained professional) and those on bicycles. He calls for a ban on these devices (think of the children) which is fair enough because he rides a bike too.
If it's like other country towns, a large population lives on acreage and farmland up to 20-30km outside the town, yet attend school and employment in the township itself.
I agree though, for those travelling entirely within the town proper, then a bike is an obvious choice.
That said, I'm still surprised it has anything approaching what Sydney people would describe as a peak hour.
What's the nature of the traffic through town - do they get B-Doubles rumbling through, or is there a bypass?
Population of the greater orange city area is 40,000,
Thanks Bob - Interesting link, looking at the data it would seem they are very spread out.
It says that the 40,000 are spread over 284 square kilometres, with an average density of 1.4 people per hectare (Waverley LGA by comparison is over 70).
I was chatting to a lady this morning who had a child seat on her bike and she said that cars give her a wider berth
I remember cycling along towards Church Point and in the distance noticed cars giving a huge berth when overtaking a bike up front. Jealous.
When I caught it I noticed that it had a child seat on the back.
I had a think about fitting one to my bike, with dummy child installed.
Course there is the weight issue but carbon should fix that.
Hmmm ... DuraAce carbon child seat, for the nervous weight weenie ...
There's a market fo shizzle.
Yes, I imagine that Mr O' would get a very wide berth if he was wearing a skirt.
Long blonde pigtails worked for Dr. Ian Walker. Maybe that's a bit easier.
"The bearded academic rode with a long blond wig to see if there was any difference in passing distance when motorists thought they were overtaking a woman. Vehicles gave 'her' an average of 14cm more space when he was pretending to be a female cyclist."
I once read (I think it was in a BBC article) about a researcher who found that drivers gave female cyclists a wider berth than they did male.
He tested his theory by riding as himself then, donning a long wig and a dress.to look like a woman.
The results showed that on average, the 'woman' was given a good amount of extra space when being overtaken though he did concede that part of this extra distance may have been that people really wanted to stay well clear of "...that crazy man in a dress and a wig."
I wonder if the Crimestoppers jerseys are still available? Last time I looked they had sold out.