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When mandatory helmet laws go wrong

Mandatory helmet laws are controversial at the best of times. Even the words “mandatory helmet laws” are enough to whip some people into ...

Can self-driving cars make cycling safer in urban areas?

Whether we like it or not, driverless cars seem to be on their way. It might still be many years until the technology is ubiquitous on ou...

JRA with the Angry Asian: Enough already

There’s no longer a need to debate whether more cyclists are being killed while out on the road; the National Highway Traffic Safety Admi...

Two more studies support helmet use while cycling

Two new research papers published this month have provided further evidence for the value of bicycle helmets. Both studies analysed data ...

Lower speeds, faster commutes: Melbourne's cycling 'green wave' now permanent

After a successful 18-month trial, East Melbourne's Albert St 'green wave' is here to stay. The series of synchronised traffic light sign...

Why you should have cameras mounted to your bike

It was 7am on a Sunday. The sun was starting to shine through the morning mist and the city was still and silent. It was just me and my m...

'Cockroaches on wheels': How cyclists are being dehumanised and why that matters

“Don’t read the comments.” It’s a phrase cyclists have become all too familiar with. We all know that whenever the mainstream media goes ...

Single-rider crashes are more common than you'd expect

A question for you: what’s most likely to cause you to crash while riding on the road? Chances are you’re most afraid of being hit by a c...

Do drivers give female riders more space when overtaking?

Over two days in early 2006, British researcher Dr Ian Walker rode his bike up and down a stretch of road in the city of Salisbury, stopp...

How 'green waves' can make city riding better

As you ride along Albert Street in Melbourne’s inner east there’s no indication of anything remarkable or out of the ordinary. It feels l...

The death of a cycling advocate and the problem with a 'Safe System' approach

Australia's national road safety strategy is based on a so-called "Safe System" approach: the idea that people will always make mistakes ...

Commentary: Why I stopped wearing a bike helmet

Let’s just cut right to the chase: I haven’t worn a bike helmet in five months. I’d say that in the 30 preceding years of cycling, I wore...

JRA with the Angry Asian: The fear

I give my wife a kiss goodbye, and make plans to meet up again in about two hours. The weather is beautiful, the roads are dry, and it’s ...

Distracted driving is a bigger problem than ever, and that's terrifying for cyclists

On the morning on December 30, 2001, Silvia Nicole Ciach picked up her mobile phone while driving near the Victorian city of Geelong. As ...

Opinion: We can all learn from the misguided single-file cycling petition

Four months ago, a petition quietly launched on Change.org, calling for ‘Compulsory Single File for Cyclists’. So far, so unremarkable: a...

The ABCs of awareness: Bontrager's mission to make cyclists more visible

In interactions between vehicles and cyclists, being seen is all-important. Now, with a weight of research backing them, Bontrager are on...

How videogames are being used for cycling safety research

Check out the shelves of your local videogames store and you’ll find any number of titles that simulate the experience of driving a car. ...

‘How do we stop dooring?’ Voting now open in road safety video competition

Each year the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) invites members of the public to create original videos to help address an important road safe...

Serious injuries on the rise for Victorian road cyclists

In recent years it's felt like riding on the road has become increasingly unsafe, with crashes, injuries and rider deaths seemingly happe...

The oBike explosion: What it means for cycling, cities, and our data privacy

If you’ve spent any time in Melbourne’s inner suburbs lately you would have noticed them -- yellow bikeshare bikes, often left haphazardl...

Do cyclists make better drivers?

Many of us take it for granted but cycling on the road, in traffic, isn’t easy. Beyond the physical effort required, there’s a wealth of ...