Understandably The Age has a couple of Ride To Work related stories for Melbourne, I've yet to find mention of the Sydney event in the Sydney Morning Herald or the Daily Telegraph. In Sydney the bicycle news relates to the proposal of painting bike boxes on the road in order to get cyclists at the head of traffic at lights. Box or no box it's something that most cyclists are doing any way so I hardly see what all the fuss is about. I suppose it legitimises the practice in the eyes of motorists who often seem angered by what they think is an illegal practice.
So, if you want to read an article about Ride to Work day, head over to Setting wheels in motion for a cycling future where you can read Bicycle Victoria's Harry Barber's comments about cycle commuting. Including this interesting claim,
|Commuters in Melbourne generally ride about 15 kilometres for a half-hour commute.|
So, Melbourne commuters are averaging 30km/h are they? Not likely to be using those lovely shared bicycle/pedestrian paths then are they .... that would be a pretty dangerous average speed to be doing along those wouldn't it?
However, he does have some sensible things to say about encouraging more people to cycle by incoorporating safe storage at workplaces and transport hubs as well as showers in workplaces.
However, he is still trotting out the same old hoary chestnuts, about health and environment as well as,
|easy, convenient, cheap and fun|
Convenient is usually a turn on. Forget the easy, cheap, fun angle. It's time for it to be sexy, and an activity designed to elevate your status. Barber does actually hint at this last one,
|the chief justice and the chief executives of BHP Billiton and ANZ ride to work|
give us more on this angle ..... cycling is a great career move.