NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags behind

NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags behind

Postby diggler » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:28 am

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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby Oxford » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:37 pm

I wonder how those rates compare to whether an adult is allowed to ride on the foot path and how helmet laws are structured. it says NT leads he way in usage. if I undestand some recent posts NT riders can ride on the foot path and if so do not require to wear helmets.

this is not meant to be a helmet discussion, merely a correlation observation please. if I am wrong about the NT laws then ignore my observation.
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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby diggler » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:26 pm

I'm guessing life is different in the Territory. Sydney has bike hostile traffic. Maybe for kids to get around, bikes are the best option i.e. no public transport, long distances, no pedophiles.

Just speculating.
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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby ruscook » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:43 pm

Helmets are just as mandatory according to this:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=ca ... ke_6N_qhFw
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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby Oxford » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:04 pm

ruscook wrote:Helmets are just as mandatory according to this:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=ca ... ke_6N_qhFw
thanks for the link. the way I read page two top left corner is that helmets for adults are only required when riding on the road or bicycle lane part of a road, so not required when riding on a foot path. maybe this is a partial explanation for higher participation rates?
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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby damhooligan » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:13 pm

Oxford wrote:
ruscook wrote:Helmets are just as mandatory according to this:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=ca ... ke_6N_qhFw
thanks for the link. the way I read page two top left corner is that helmets for adults are only required when riding on the road or bicycle lane part of a road, so not required when riding on a foot path. maybe this is a partial explanation for higher participation rates?


There could also be a small difference between 'it's the rules' and 'it's tolerated'
I'm guessing the latter.. :D

Also, after looking some statistics on this site ;
http://www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au/transpo ... ndex.shtml

You wil see that so far this year, there has been no bicycle fatality at al, none.
And last year, also none, from the 50 people that have died not one of them was a cyclist.
That might also help to contribute to the people willing to ride a bike... ... :D
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Re: NSW struggles to get into gear as bicycle usage lags beh

Postby ruscook » Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:32 pm

participation rate might be skewed by the population size <240,000 for the whole territory. That's less than some of our individual local council areas in Sydney, Blacktown 299,000 in 2009.
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