Cycling in Sydney Australia
yup, thier editor let it slip past while giving evidence in court on phone tapping.....
Nice to see. A real change from "the war on cyclists" that the rags here seem hell bent on promoting.
The Times has launched a public campaign and 8-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists:
Wow, "save our cyclists". Now that is a powerful phrase to see in a headline.
First of all thanks for the links.
A few observations :
It seems there are probably more cyclist participation there. - so Australia seems to be a few years behind to reach those numbers - perhaps when a 'User Pays" road pricing system is implemented.
More than 27,000 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on British streets in the past 10 years. - that's averaging 2,700 a year, a pretty damning statistic - but doesn't specifically state the deaths vs "seriously injured"
The question is; what sort of statistical values are needed before the public gets activated?
Another key facet is it's when it strikes home or close enough to people who care and have the means - in this case
"Times journalist Mary Bowers was just yards from arriving at work on her bike when she was hit by a lorry. "
I'm imagining a scenario of Times colleagues getting to work sighting the scene that precipitated in Times championing this.
It's depressing to think that the only thing that will lead to change is essentially more deaths / injuries.
"It's depressing to think that the only thing that will lead to change is essentially more deaths / injuries."
Happily that isn't true. Cyclists are relatively militant in the UK and have achieved quite a bit of change already by protesting/campaigning/voting. Although deaths have clearly catalysed "The Times" it is far from the only reason for attention.
It will be interesting to see how the lorry and road ill-design issues pan out. I'd expect Londoners to start torching trucks if the casualties aren't stopped, not a scenario that's terribly likely in Sydney.
One of the things I really prefer about riding in Sydney to London, the lack of lorries, or at least the fact that there are not as many here.
London was a huge building site when I was there (Olympic construction?), so there were cement mixers and large vehicles carrying heaving building supplies everywhere. Couple that with the very poor road design (fences on the sides of intersections that cyclists get squished against) and the fact that many of the lorry drivers are paid some sort of time rewards (so I have heard), means it's a very dangerous place to ride.
Someone does say the manifesto points could do with some research, I think so too.
I wouldn't suggest using them as they are, especially not here.
But an excellent starting point for discussion