Make it easy for the wheels to go round- this morning's SMH

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally's habit of cycling to work is part of a trend that will cause the number of Sydney bicycle trips to triple in the next 30 years, according to a landmark transport report.

Increasing numbers of cyclists will lead to more tension between drivers and riders on roads that will become ever more clogged as Sydney's population increases by 40 per cent.

A report produced by an independent inquiry into Sydney's long-term public transport needs recommends measures to make cycling more attractive but says tension on the roads must be addressed first.

Even though 70 per cent of cyclists are also drivers, the inquiry found both groups seem to believe they have ''the dominant right to be on the road''.

The inquiry, headed by former NSW rail and roads chief Ron Christie, found ''a major exercise must be undertaken to break down sometimes aggressive attitudes towards fellow road users''.

''In other words, 'winning hearts and minds' is a critical first step in bringing together all road users, both physically and ideologically,'' the report says.

The report, released yesterday, predicts 10 per cent of all car journeys to work, mostly the shorter trips of 10 kilometres or less, will shift to cycling, walking or small electric vehicles.

While 110,000 commuters rode or walked to work in 2006, that number will increase to 333,000 - an increase of 300 per cent - by 2040 as motorists swap their cars for bikes. In contrast, the number of car trips to work in the same period will increase by 5 per cent because road congestion and new taxes will make driving so much less attractive.

While cycling levels in hilly Sydney are not predicted to match those of flat European cities, the inquiry says much more support should be given to cyclists.

It wants a new body called Transport for Sydney to have responsibility for planning and running all transport in the city including defusing tensions.

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Something that seems to be flat, but really is a gentle climb, but is easy because gravity is nonexistent - the earth is just sucking you along! How does that sound? :-)
of course Sydneys not flat per se, it's just that there are no long 15km+ climbs, but that comment was really directed at cruella devine and her persistant smh moaning about sydney being hilly....

my favourite liggitism: 1987 TT ventoux

For Stephen Roche, the cheers of the crowd would echo his response to the mountain. As a seven year old, he earned the money for his first bicycle by sweeping Dublin Floors. Today, he would fire his answers back when themountain would ask 'How high? How long? How fast?"

from here :
Gravity is apparently the weakest of all the forces but thats only because some has leaked into higher dimensions. Cycling would be impossible otherwise, at least uphill. The downhills would be really scary.
Isn't this why God created gears?
Roads like the Pacific Highway are nicely flat while roads nearby are all fairly hilly. All we need to do is swap out the clearway lanes for bus lanes, and you're set. Give me a can of green paint.
If we want to debate religion and cycling can we natter about this?
Like it, Martin!

"There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages" (or the Howard Government).
You right Kylie, this thread has been hijacked enough already. It was foolish of me to make the above remark.


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