The City of Belmont has released for public comment its draft Belmont Bike Plan 2013-2018. The Plan needs your input now so please consider giving the City feedback.
A small step in the continued development of the Fremantle – Perth Principal Shared Path (PSP) has taken place recently with the completion of the shared path between the North Fremantle train station and Pearse Street – Tydeman Road in North Fremantle.
I recently had a go at putting together a submission on the Australian federal government’s, Walking, riding and access to public transport draft report. The report itself however has some interesting chapters with sections on topics such as who regularly rides a bicycle in Australia. I thought these sections where worth a closer look. This is the fourth in a series of posts taking a closer look at the report. The first post looked at how Australians commute to work and study, the second post looked at the question, who regularly rides a bicycle in Australia, the third post looked at the economic benefits of riding a bicycle. This post drills down into the first of four areas identified as receiving significant benefits from cycling: Our health, the community’s health.
The issue of compulsory helmets legislation continues to be topic of debate, one that the authors of this paper, The impact of compulsory helmet legislation on cyclist head injuries in New South Wales, Australia: A response suggests, “draws attention away from important ways in which both safety and participation can be improved through investment in well-connected cycling infrastructure, fostering consideration between road users, and adequate legal protection for vulnerable road users.”
That aside I suspect the debate about mandatory helmet laws in Australia will not subside anytime soon. Continue Reading…