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Australian Cyclists Party added 2 new photos.Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 3:00pm
NSW: Head-on collision? Just as Police ask seniors to re-consider driving, IPART proposes major hikes to seniors' fares.

Under the new recommendations under review by the Pricing Tribunal, a senior (non-pensioner) couple would see their daily cap grow from $5 to $18. Over 5 days per week that would be $100 growing to $360 monthly. Enough to consider staying home more or using a car instead?

In contrast, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide offer free travel times to seniors.

Many seniors (including cyclists) depend on trains for part of their off-peak journeys and the new fares may make many think twice and whether they should drive instead or even be as active. We think that would be a bad idea and the resulting issues including of their safety and health should be considered. We have taken that line of argument in our submission.

Once again, thinking about transport in splendid isolation seems to dominate NSW's deeply flawed decision making process. We ask IPART to reconsider and perhaps talk to other departments of government - including Health and Police - before making their final decision.

Our submission: https://australian-cyclists-party.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IPART-fare-Submission.pdf
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Australian Cyclists PartyFriday, February 5th, 2016 at 10:14pm
LA: what's the fastest way around LA? On one test at least, the person riding came in ahead of the other two.

Taking the bus didn't sound bad: "It was pretty calm and casual for me," says Leo. "I was mostly posting to Facebook, Instagramming and answering some emails."

As for the car: "if it weren't for traffic, I think [the car] would have won" - that's the problem in a city!

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/02/04/46099/dtla-to-santa-monica-car-bike-or-bus-who-wins/
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Australian Cyclists PartyThursday, February 4th, 2016 at 10:56pm
More from London: "Sustrans has calculated that investment in cycling returns the equivalent of £9.76 for every £1 spent." Great that MPs from all political parties have taken part in the debate on cycling in Parliament (brought to the House by a Tory MP) and recognised the need for safer cycling infrastructure. They're slowly realising that, "cycling is not just for healthy young males. . ." Well, well. . .
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Australian Cyclists Party added 20 new photos.Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 5:11pm
TGIF: Hi-Viz - can there ever be too much of it?

Here's a photo collage to see what a world of hi-viz may look like. If the world were all hi-viz, would it still be hi-viz? You be the judge.

For those who want to look further into the benefits of high visibility wear (especially in low light conditions), we would point you to the rather important and surprising findings from a study done at QUT:

...fluorescent materials have little visibility benefit at
night, as they are activated only by UV radiation, which is
lacking in headlights and streetlights. Cyclists appear to assume
incorrectly that the visibility advantage of fluorescent materials
is equivalent irrespective of lighting.

Thus, cyclists who habitually wear fluorescent – as opposed to reflective – materials may considerably overestimate their visibility at night. This may result in cyclists unintentionally placing themselves at elevated risk.

Overall, the older drivers recognised cyclists significantly less
often than did younger drivers. While the younger drivers saw
the cyclists 51% of the time, older drivers identified them only
27% of the time.

Importantly, when the cyclists were wearing the vest with
reflectors on the ankles and knees, the older drivers recognised
them (80%) almost as often as did the younger drivers (100%).

The finding that cyclists are rarely seen by older drivers when
they are not wearing reflective clothing at night is important,
given the growing numbers of older drivers on our road
systems and the fact that many drive at night-time.

Full study here: eprints.qut.edu.au/38338/1/c38338.pdf
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Australian Cyclists PartyThursday, February 4th, 2016 at 1:19am
UK: London's efforts to boost levels of cycling are paying off. So much so that "Cyclists will outnumber car drivers entering central London in rush hour in the next few years, according to figures from Transport for London (TfL).

The number of car drivers fell from 137,000 in 2000 to 64,000 in 2014, while those of cyclists trebled from 12,000 to 36,000 over the same period."

New cycle routes are having an effect, and the congestion helps also.
(BBC News video here:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35472180)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35475318
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