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by Matt de Neef
October 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.
Melbourne’s fraught relationship with the oBike bike rental scheme continues with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle telling radio station 3AW that dumped bicycles are being crushed by the City of Melbourne.
A spokesperson for the City of Melbourne, Brodie Bott, told the Herald Sun that the council encourages people to cycle, but that oBike needs to ensure its bikes don’t cause problems.
“We have made it clear to oBike that we need to protect the amenity and safety of the city while balancing the ongoing need to encourage cycling,” Bott said. “The City of Melbourne has been working with oBike and two other councils on a Memorandum of Understanding. As part of these discussions we have informed oBike that too much clutter can cause a hazard and that in these instances we will remove the hazard to maintain public access and amenity.”
Bott said that the council had impounded 30 oBikes “that were cluttering footpaths and obstructing pedestrians”. The bikes were held for seven days and after oBike didn’t collect them, they were sent to a recycling facility to be scrapped.
Follow the link to read more at the Herald Sun.