Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 12, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome takes narrow lead into Tour’s first rest day: ‘It’s up to other teams now’; Joaquim Rodriguez to retire at end of season; Contador scheduled for medical review Tuesday; Dani King loses Olympic appeal; Bjarne Riis happy to see Tinkov leaving; Kittel, Martin publish demands for safety; Sunweb to move up to title sponsor of Giant-Alpecin team in 2017; Dutch lottery renews sponsorship for two year; Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night; Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide; Tour de France, stage 9 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 9; Fans on the stage 8 final climb; Team Giant-Alpecin celebrates Dumoulin; Cycling in the rain!

Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide

by CyclingTips

A recent online survey has highlighted Melbourne’s worst and best spots for riding a bike, which will provide supporters of cycling infrastructure more evidence in calling for increased development.

Ironically, some of the worst places per survey results did not align with reported incidents. The Southbank promenade had just one reported bike crash between 2013 and 2015, though it is a hotspot with its mix of commuters, tourists and pedestrians.

The Haymarket roundabout at the northern end of Elizabeth Street was ranked second on the list of most feared locations, but has seen just three crashes in the past three years, following a $2.4 million upgrade.

“While many of these high-perceived risk locations are not captured by VicRoads crash stats and therefore may not be a cause of serious injury, their existing conditions are detrimental [to] Melbourne becoming a world-class cycling city, as they prevent existing riders from riding more often and non-riders from starting to ride,” the study said.

The study had more than 2,000 participants. Not surprisingly, the respondents cited the safest locations as ones where bikes and vehicles were the most separated

Click though to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.