Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Monday, December 03, 2007

When will they ever learn?

What do cycling "advocates" have against transportational cycling?

Off-road bike paths were bad enough, but at least they didn't interfere with the transportational cyclist who relies on the roads to get from point A to point B (neither of which are usually accessable by the path "network") in a timely fashion. Now there seems to be a fad in Melbourne to build what they call "Copenhagen-style bike lanes", which are basically glorified bike paths that involve putting a contrete median strip somewhere on the existing roadway, and declaring one side of it to be a "bike lane" They seem to serve no other purpose than segregating cyclists from the road.

This proposal in particular seems to be upsetting a few people. Similar schemes have been tried here on the 'Coast in the past, and abandoned after it took a week for the thing to be filled with debris, and for cyclists to simply give up on the idea and just use the traffic lanes instead. Does anyone out there seriously think that reducing road access for cyclists is somehow going to increase the number of cyclists? Does anyone seriously think that adding concrete "median strips" to the existing roadway (which is usually all that's involved in these proposals) is actually going to increase space for either cyclists or motorists? It's just another non-cyclist solution to a non-problem.

This sort of thing, along with some of the hair-brained proposals that come out of Bicycle Queensland everytime someone needs votes at an AGM make me wonder about the real motives of the people involved in this game. It's a well-known fact that cycling "advocates" tend to shun the opinions of experienced, regular, 365-day cyclists, especially if those opinions happen to be different to the ones they already hold. The regular cyclists are the ones who will be most disadvantaged by this proposal (and others like it). They will be left with the choice of either mixing it up with the broken glass, dog walkers and roller-bladers on the glorified path, or mixing it up with the traffic in lanes that are now several feet narrower.

Most "advocates" just seem to be in the game for themselves. They just want a place they can go and ride their bike without the presence of cars -- irrespective of whether it suits anybody else or not. A far more utilitarian option would be to simply campaign for greater law enforcement to make the existing roads (which already go everywhere a transportational cyclist could ever want to go) more cycle-friendly. This option, however, does not seem to suit their agenda, and probably lacks the "visibility" to win AGM votes.

Oh well, a few places to avoid adds an interesting challenge to my next visit to Melbourne in January.


Blogger Treadly and Me said...

Don't worry Chris, there are still plenty of places you can mix it with other traffic in Melbourne.

9:05 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

That isn't the point. The point is that when riding for transport (i.e. riding to the airport to catch a plane), one does not always have time to seek out "other places" to ride. It would be a nice change if those who campaign for and design cycling "facilities" took this into consideration once in a while.

8:58 pm  

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