Cyclists protest for bike paths (1970s)

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Cyclists protest for bike paths (1970s)

Postby Aushiker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:24 pm

The video in this story is worth a watch :)

Before the days of MAMILS (Middle-aged Men in Lycra), titanium bike frames and weekend cyclists crowding suburban cafes for brunch after an early morning ride, for everyday citizens the bicycle was either the only transport they could afford, or a way of getting from Point A to Point B.

In Canberra in the early 1970s a cycling boom pushed the need for planning of better infrastructure for bike riders. The first cycle path was built in 1973 and ran from Dickson to the Australian National University.

This however did not satisfy cyclists wanting to commute from their homes to work or school who were forced to use major roads to do so. On 21 October 1974 issues of safety and the unpleasantness of car emissions led to action by over 50 cyclists.


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Re: Cyclists protest for bike paths (1970s)

Postby il padrone » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:21 pm

Very very revealing of a different era. No lycra, no roadie shoes, no helmets - just a bunch of people travelling by bike. Very much the way it was for a ride to work, for most who rode.
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Postby g-boaf » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:06 am

Fortunately things have changed for the better now. Less transport cyclists to get in the way and our car driver allies will scare the potential new ones away.see - I can do passive hostility too... Like the above post...
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Re: Cyclists protest for bike paths (1970s)

Postby sogood » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:22 am

LOL!
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Re: Cyclists protest for bike paths (1970s)

Postby Marx » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:41 am

Looks exactly the same as the most recent Critical Mass ride I went on, except without tatts (same bikes, hairstyles, jumpers, beards etc...)
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