Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck, Van Avermaet chasing Classic win: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 13, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck and land success in Ardennes Classics; Van Avermaet trying to land first Classic win of 2018 in Amstel Gold; Strong QuickStep Floors trio announced for Amstel Gold Race; Verschueren out of competition due to malignant brain tumour; New Zealand men tussle for MTB gold, England’s Last takes women’s; Easton adds new gravel and adventure gearing options for EC90 SL crankset; Yeti builds a downhiller’s cross country bike, the SB100; Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced; Boulie safety upgrade revealed; Video: The people of Paris-Roubaix; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 2: The race

Boulie safety upgrade revealed

by CyclingTips

Improvements have been announced to boost safety at Melbourne’s Kew Boulevard, a popular circuit used by road riders but also at times by others road users, boosting danger. According to Bicycle Network, VicRoads has announced the new measures to try to curb this.

Here’s an excerpt:

‘The Boulie’ is a relatively low traffic street with few intersections and twisty, rolling terrain, making it ideal for getting the heart pumping and some kilometres into the legs. But because it is quiet and out of the way, it also attracts squads of hoon motorcyclists riding at the limits of adhesion, as well as plenty of car drivers determined to take the short cut to the morgue. Serious crashes are frequent, and fatalities occur.

Speed monitoring indicates reckless and irresponsible and illegal conduct is placing at risk the lives of bike riders, park users and local residents. VicRoads, in conjunction with the City of Boroondara, has developed options to calm the route and squeeze out the hoons.

Bicycle Network has been consulted by the authorities that have been contemplating the changes, which had been going on for more than a year. Two main options have been considered, but one uses traditional roundabouts, which are certainly not bike friendly.

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