$500 million Green Car Innovation Fund

The Greens Mark Parnell is asking the Rudd government to bring
forward its promised $500 million Green Car Innovation Fund.

Unfortunately hybrids, alternative fuel and diesel vehicles still
emit greenhouse gases. The mining, manufacture and transport of raw
materials, components and finished vehicles also involves
considerable environmental damage.

Green cars do not solve obesity, traffic congestion or road rage.

Wouldn’t $500 million go a long way to kick starting an Australian
cycle industry?

Over a million bikes sell here every year, almost all imported. Five
dollars per bike would be a minimal investment to constructively
employ some of the skilled labour retrenched from the car industry.

Talk to your local MPs.


Bike levy ‘idiotic’

Macarthur Bicycle Users Group leader Ken Hall says Macarthur MP Pat Farmer’s new proposal is “the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard”.Mr Farmer wants to introduce bike levies and on-road costs for cyclists.

He wants every rider on the roads to pay a registration fee.

“For far too long motorists have said I pay my registration fees to use the roads and cyclists get on having paid nothing for the privilege and slow me down,” Mr Farmer said. Continue reading

Anti Bicycle Blogger’s new post
January 25, 2008, 4:00 am
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There has been an update to the original outburst from this blogger, clearing a few things up, good on her I say. Her comments were completely out of order and to say I took them to seriously, well I did take them very seriously as I have almost daily incidents where I nearly get knocked off by motorists trying to make it to their destination a few seconds quicker.

Anyway all done and dusted now, and hopefully we have a motorist with a new found love of bicycle safety

road rage when a woman made a “small penis” hand gesture
December 11, 2007, 9:15 pm
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A MAN was provoked into an act of road rage when a woman made a “small penis” hand gesture made popular by a road safety campaign, a court was told.

Simon Jardak was today convicted and fined $400 for maliciously destroying or damaging property after throwing a bottle out his window at the car of a woman who was waggling her little finger at him.  Continue reading

Another road death (how many more need happen)

A NEWCASTLE solicitor was killed when a turf farm truck plowed into a group of 19 training cyclists.

Dominic Mason, 33, suffered massive internal injuries when the heavy vehicle clipped him as he rode along the Pacific Highway at Blacksmiths, south of Newcastle early this morning.

Mr Mason, a solicitor at Harris Wheeler Law Firm and a member of the Kooragang Cycle Club, had only taken up professional cycling a year ago, and was considered by fellow club members to be a stickler for safety.

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mx article about headphones

iPods are out in a new Code of Conduct for Victorian cyclists. Victoria Police and bodies launched the code today which tells cyclists not to use any portable audio devices. “You need to be aware of your total environment and be able hear what’s aaround you when riding. This is even more critical in a group ride,’l the code states. cyclists must also ”be predictable” and avoid sudden changes in direction or behaviour. The mandate designed particularly for riders in a group says cyclists should maintain a steady pace, communicate with other cyclists by yelling ”stopping” or ”slowing” and not weave in and out of traffic. the code comes after an elderly man was struck by a bike rider and died last year.”

Melbourne worst at public transport us

Melbourne workers are the biggest car users in Australia, with more than one million people driving to work each day.

A University of Melbourne study has revealed that while Sydney has 190,000 more people than Melbourne travelling to work each day, Melburnians drive 8,000 more cars.

There are 1,027,149 Melbourne drivers – or 73 per cent of commuters – and 1,019,000 Sydney drivers or 63.4 per cent of commuters.

University of Melbourne researcher John Stone said Melbourne had the biggest decline in public transport use in Australia.

“Melburnians have been given more freeways and worse public transport … and they make their choice,” Mr Stone said.

The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is urging Melburnians to get out of their cars and onto bikes or public transport in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

MTF chair Janet Rice said without better transport, there was little hope of meeting greenhouse emission reduction targets.

“If we’re going to be serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we’ve got to get people out of their cars and using public transport and get people into walking and cycling to work,” Ms Rice said.

Ms Rice said a concerted effort was needed to make the switch to environmentally friendly travel, with commuters kicking normal driving habits.

Mr Stone revealed the Melbourne transport figures after assessing the Australian government’s Census figures from 1976 to 2006.

Mr Stone said Melbourne had built more freeways than any other Australian city, which encouraged people to drive.

“We need to stop the massive freeway building which has seen Melbourne build the greatest length of freeways of any city in Australia,” Mr Stone said.

“If you make driving easy, then we’ll do it.”

To reduce the environmental effects, Mr Stone said better planning and coordination of the public transport system was urgently needed.

“While it is important that people cycle and walk, we really need to have better conditions for cycling and walking,” Mr Stone said.

“Three times more people walk to work, rather than cycle.

“And the frequency and connections (of public transport) need to be improved.”

Mr Stone said train travel needed to be comfortable and attractive, which would encourage people to leave their cars at home.

“The (Melbourne) trains are probably the dirtiest in Australia,” he said.