ACT retains passing minimum distance laws

After a trial, the ACT government has decided to retain mandatory minimum passing distances for motorists passing cyclists.  Read more in the Canberra Times article.

Do you think we should follow this lead in Victoria?  Currently the law only specified a ‘safe’ passing distance and the government has funded an education campaign.

WA has a minimum passing distance of 1m for speed limits of 60kph or less and 1.5 m for speeds over 60kph.

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Elections: Have you asked your local candidates if they’re committed to sustainable transport?

The City of Geelong’s long awaited elections are now in progress.  Your votes need to be posted by next Friday, October 27th.

As cyclists, we know you’re committed to safe cycling and improved cycling facilities.  When making your voting decisions, consider asking your local candidates about their commitment to cycling.

Ask targeted questions like:

  • Do you ride a bike?/When was the last time you rode one?  (We know, for example, that Mik Aidt, a candidate in Brownbill, rides a cargo bike in his election campaigning.)
  • How would you improve cycling facilities (add the name of the area where you live) … e.g. Drysdale, City Centre, Bellarine Rail Trail?
  • Are you aware of the Principal Bicycle Network?  How committed are you to ensuring that this becomes reality?  To which routes would you give priority?
  • What are your priorities for improving cycling safety throughout Geelong?
  • How would you improve safe cycling routes to … (name the school where your children attend)?

You can find contact details for all candidates on the Electoral Commission website.

Do your homework to find the very best council to promote Geelong as a SAFE CYCLING CITY.

What’s in store for cycling in Geelong? Come to the Cycling Geelong Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, May 16th, Belmont Hotel.  Dinner from 6pm.  The meeting will start around 7.30pm.  Bookings with Stephanie please (or phone Geoff 0423850465).

The speaker for this meeting is Luke Sherwell, Sustainable Transport Officer with the City of Greater Geelong.

This meeting is important.

  • Find out the City’s priorities for cycling infrastructure – like the Principal Bicycle Network;
  • Show you care about what is happening to make cycling safer and more enjoyable;
  • Being along your questions.  It’s YOU as  cyclist, who sees the issues where you ride;
  • Bring along your ideas and vision for Geelong – Cycling City.

 

Let’s try this in Geelong

kids-on-bikesA municipality in East London has drop-off exclusion zones around schools to encourage children to walk or cycle to school.  Would that work here?

Tuesday is “Ride to Work” day.  Leave your car at home and bike to work or school.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/london-parents-will-get-fined-dropping-their-kids-school-car.html

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Want to see where we’ve been riding?

Lots of our members are now using their mobile phone to record their riding.  There are quite a few aps which can do this, but by far the most popular is the free ap Strava.   These aps use the GPS on your phone to track your riding.

One side effect is that a huge body of data is produced.  This is then available for analysis to see just where the popular cycling routes are.  Strava data for 2015 is now available via a global map.  Those planning infrastructure can use this data to inform decisions about where cycling infrastructure is needed.

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Strava cycling data for 2015. The brighter the line, the more cycling trips. (This data is only from cyclists using the Strava application.)

Click the map to go to the Strava Global Heatmap where you can zoom in and out on your local area, or anywhere in the world where people cycle.

Let’s hope that the 2016 Strava map will be compiled soon – it includes data from quite a few or our members, and numerous other cyclists.

Some athletes use Strava to track their fitness, and compete with others for speed goals.  However, for those of us who just like riding, using a riding ap allows us to record our rides without the need for a bicycle computer.

(Strava can also be used to map walks, swims, hikes etc.)

Such electronic data is only one way that cycling data is obtained.  All over Australia cyclist numbers are visually recorded twice each year.  The first date for 2017 is March 7th (Super Tuesday).  Thousands of people will visually count cyclists at set places between 7am and 9am.  (Several of our members are taking part in this recording in Geelong.)  If you’re riding that morning, you’ll probably be counted at least once on your ride.

Some of the recording sites for Super Tuesday

Some of the recording sites for Super Tuesday

The second count is of cyclists using cycling and shared paths and is made each year on the second Sunday in November.  A summary of data from 2016 is available from the Bicycle Network.