Friday, 28 February 2014

Map your common trips to see how to really make cycling feasible

Summary: There are many potential barriers to getting the benefits of cycling for transport, so you need to take a logical, focused approach to resolving them. Mapping your common trips and assessing where you live, your key destinations, trip distances and your access to safe, convenient cycling routes is the most practical starting point. This post explains how to do so and also the relationship with significant lifestyle preferences and decisions.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Smarter lifestyle choices will give you time to cycle

Summary: A major reason people give for not cycling for transport is a lack of time due to their hectic lifestyles. But cycling actually saves time overall when considered holistically rather than discounted as just a slower way to get from A to B. More importantly, cycling should be considered as one of several, connected lifestyle choices that leads to a more relaxed, enjoyable life.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Must-read articles that will change your mind and improve your life

Summary: There are thousands of articles published each month that are relevant to urban cycling but only a few have the potential to radically change your ideas, choices, lifestyle or happiness. This post will collate the exceptional articles I've read that have had a big impact on my thinking or best encapsulate life-changing ideas you may not be familiar with.

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"Interested but Concerned" potential cyclists need to take action themselves

Summary: Surveys in typical, car-centric cities reliably show that the majority of citizens are "interested but concerned" - they don't currently cycle for transport but would apparently consider it if it was safer (e.g. via separated cycle tracks). However, these "potential" cyclists need to take responsibility for pursuing the changes that are in their interests as well as utilising the opportunities that are already available.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Safer, comfortable cycling doesn't require invisible helmets

Summary: The Hövding is a Swedish innovation that replaces conventional helmets with an airbag concealed in a stylish collar. It has captured a lot of interest but much fewer sales. It's also been called revolutionary but real progress lies in making helmets unnecessary most of the time and in proven ways to improve safety and comfort. This post argues urban cyclists should avoid expensive fads like airbag helmets and focus on the simpler, practical steps that can make cycling safer and more convenient.


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Cycling is the most sustainable transport option

Summary: Cycling is the most sustainable transport method because its fuel supply cannot run out, it is accessible by almost everyone in any location, it doesn't require mass participation, it isn't dependent on massive public funding for viability, it is efficiently scalable, and the infrastructure and laws in any city can be readily modified to support it. Hence, choosing to cycle for transport is a smart, long-term choice.

Magnificent Octopus

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Getting the most out of using bikes and public transport together

Summary: To really exploit cycling for transport over longer distances and recreational trips you need to connect up effectively with public transport (especially trains) - both when you park your bike or if you take it with you. This post explains some of the ways you can take advantage of public transport once you adopt cycling.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Built-in exercise is a major benefit of cycling for transport

Summary: Sometimes it's quicker, easier and more comfortable not to cycle and to use public transport or a car instead (especially if someone else is driving). However, cycling always retains one advantage over the alternatives which often tilts the balance in its favour - it's free exercise that doesn't require any extra time or effort. This post details the various advantages of using transport cycling for exercise.

How We Drive - Tom Vanderbilt's blog

Sunday, 9 February 2014

How to avoid cycling fines with minimum inconvenience

Summary: Urban cyclists can get heavy fines from traffic police for breaking various rules. Getting heavy fines for using your bike conveniently and safely can be a major disincentive to riding for transport. This post advises on how best to avoid getting fined while preserving your convenience, safety and enjoyment.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

How to contribute to genuine, transformative sharing

Summary: The practical guidance on this blog is part of the real "sharing economy" - in this case, freely sharing knowledge for social benefit. This contrasts with the fake sharing economy which is driven by profit and simply monetises more human interactions and extends inequality in wealth, power, resources and access to the commons. In this post, I'll collate articles, ideas and examples that clarify these distinctions and explain how individuals can participate in genuine, transformative sharing. An immediate aim is to provide useful input into the formulation of Streetbank Australia's ethos and purpose.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The distance of your common trips does matter or you need good connections with public transport

Summary: Cycling advocates sometimes downplay the distance of people's urban trips or the dependence on connecting up with public transport in arguing that changes to cycling infrastructure, laws and culture can increase cycling rates. But distance and intermodality is critical, especially when starting out. This post provides some key threshold figures and pragmatic advice on how citizens can tackle the distance obstacle.

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How to prevent your bike being stolen

Summary: The risk of having your bike stolen can prevent you maximising the benefits of cycling for transport - both through losing access to it and because you may not use your bike for some trips due to the risk of theft. This post summarises the best advice on decisions, techniques and habits that will keep your bike safe while enabling you to use it as much as possible.

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Monday, 3 February 2014

How to save money and get a better quality bike for your buck

Summary: Having determined the type of bicycle and equipment that best suits your needs you then have to figure out how to get it for the lowest cost. This post provides some tips on how to do so. This enables your budget to go further so that you can get a better quality bike given the money you spend or save some money for other equipment or future maintenance.

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Key decisions that will help narrow down the most suitable bike to buy

Summary: This post lists the key decisions and questions that once resolved will narrow down significantly the range of suitable bikes that will best meet your needs. These include your total budget (for the bike AND yearly maintenance), common trip distances, desired speed, type of frame and handlebars, riding style, number of gears needed and tyre width.

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