‘Safety in numbers’: reducing the risks for cyclists
June 12, 2014
There’s a theory in cycling safety circles that the more people riding bikes, the safer cycling becomes for everyone. And while research has shown the concept to work in cyclo-utopias like Denmark and the Netherlands, there’s been nothing to show that the same is true here in Australia. But now, a research paper from Monash …
Fly6 camera and rear light review
March 18, 2014
The Fly6 tail-light doubles as a rear-facing camera to watch your back. The device has enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $250,000, and the first production units will be ready to ship by the end of May. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the fifth-generation prototype.
Trying to make sense of the Sydney cycling crash
March 17, 2014
A crash in Sydney yesterday involving a motorist and half a dozen cyclists has attracted significant media attention around Australia and beyond. Reports have focused on the fact the cyclists were riding on the busy Southern Cross Drive in Sydney’s south but as local cyclist John Sunde writes, the location of the incident isn’t particularly …
A Metre Matters, but will it improve cyclist safety?
December 2, 2013
Last Friday the Queensland Minister for Transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5m on faster roads. It’s the latest development in the Amy Gillett Foundation’s A Metre Matters campaign, a push to …
How far from the curb should you ride?
May 24, 2013
We’ve all been there. You’re just riding down the road, minding your own business, when a motorist drives past you, missing you by mere centimetres. It can be scary and frustrating and it’s almost always dangerous. So what can we do to avoid being “buzzed”? Is it safer to ride further out from the curb?
The Spotlight Is On Us
August 2, 2011
It’s great to be back home in Australia and to see that a good chunk of winter is behind us. I’ve neglected many things on this blog while away and have over 4000 unread emails in my inbox. I’m sorry to say, I probably won’t get around to it…