The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Mrfenejeans » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:17 pm

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The West in today's paper has included a 4page Lift out entitled "The Bike Boom" which includes increased numbers of cyclists , the savings cyclists pass on, and What bike is for you(giving the average joe an explanation of bike styles).

With a making cycling safer series to start next Monday.


I apologize in advance for the size of the pic.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Pushy » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:33 am

Thanks for the post, didn't get the West today. Image size is fine for me.
It certainly has been a noticeable increase over the past few years.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby rolandp » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:14 am

+1 to posting. I also don't get The West, and look forward to what is published next week.

I did notice the number of cyclists yesterday. Nice weather at last, and the number out there significantly increases.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Karati » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:20 am

Have really noticed in and around the CBD lately a huge increase in cyclists getting about. Nice to see!
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby embee8 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:56 pm

And there's much more permanent monitoring of the cyclist numbers around Perth.

The company I work for supplies the monitoring equipment to Main Roads WA (and other jurisdictions) and WA data can be viewed at WA DOT Active Transport. Lots of great charts and tables here.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:04 pm

I am not noticing an increase so much as a consistency throughout this year.

Time will tell if th is is more than a response to a truly mild winter this year. I think it has had an effect on me for example.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:08 pm

Link to the article is at http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/article/15094797/west-australians-get-on-their-bikes/
West Australians get on their bikes

WA has the highest cycling participation rate of any State and new data suggests many West Australians are now using bikes as a mode of transport to work.

The latest national participation study completed by the Australian Bicycle Council and Austroads found that 22.1 per cent of the WA population rode a bike at least once during a typical week.

About two-thirds of these people rode for leisure.

The WA rate is well above the national average of 17.8 per cent and second only to the Northern Territory's 26 per cent.

The national survey found that children had the highest level of cycling participation, including half of all two to four-year-olds, two-thirds of all five to nine-year-olds and one-third of all 10 to 17-year-olds.

All States and Territories recorded a dramatic decrease in participation rates as people got older, particularly in the over-40s group.

The WA Department of Transport has permanent counters placed around the CBD to record the number of bike movements all day every day.

Based on a comparison between the first half of 2012 and the first half of 2011, the number of bike journeys in and out of the city has jumped more than 13 per cent - from 1,683,936 to 1,907,351. This would suggest more people are opting to ride their bikes to work.

The Kwinana Freeway, the most popular path into the city for cyclists, showed an 11.19 per cent increase over the same period.

A spokeswoman for the department said there was no doubt WA was experiencing strong growth in cycling participation, beyond normal population growth.

When numbers began to increase last year, Bicycle Transportation Alliance spokesman Heinrich Benz welcomed the trend but said the total number of people riding to work was still low compared with other cities.

And when _The West Australian _ spoke to city cyclists earlier this year, they all advocated more designated bike lanes so bike riders could feel safer.

"I don't think we need a kerbed-off lane like they have in European cities, but just a line and a cycle stencil," one cyclist said. "This just makes cyclists feel safer and clearly indicates to motorists that the lane is reserved for us."

Designated bike lanes - separated from the road - have already proved popular in Perth.
For example, the recently opened Bayswater to Bassendean path along Guildford Road recorded a 61 per cent increase in cyclist usage in the first full month of operation.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Magnum9 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:09 pm

Tell you what has increased, the late afternoon bugs! Never seen them so bad.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby dampier » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:15 pm

I have noticed that on the weekends, there are a more families out on the PSP's and at the Subiaco markets, I am struggling to find a lock up point due to the bicycle increase.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Mrfenejeans » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:35 pm

Magnum9 wrote:Tell you what has increased, the late afternoon bugs! Never seen them so bad.


+1, Especially the last few warm days, at one stage a few days ago my arms were just about coated in the things.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Lizzy » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:27 pm

Mrfenejeans wrote:
Magnum9 wrote:Tell you what has increased, the late afternoon bugs! Never seen them so bad.


+1, Especially the last few warm days, at one stage a few days ago my arms were just about coated in the things.


+ another, had several get tangled up in my ears on the way home the other night. It's the summer easterlies, blows them all out to the coast - then the SW'ers kick in and blow them all back to the bush again*.

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Postby uglybob » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:34 pm

they seems especially bad along the train line from subi to city west!
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby hotfoot » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:10 pm

Well I am finding it hard to find time to get out on my bike...so much so I am considering changing jobs so I can find a job I can ride to...at least I'll get some bike time that way.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby RobertFrith » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:24 am

Spring weather has definitely brought out some noobs - I'm not a fast rider and it's not often I pass riders on smart bikes but I cruised past two this morning. The easterlies we've had will be a bit of a shock to those heading into town from points south and west for the first time :D
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Aushiker » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:08 pm

"Pedal-pounding pounce" - D. Fluellen - West Australian 13/1/14
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby RonK » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:27 pm

Western Australian? Jeez, back when I lived in Kingsley, sandgropers would be seriously offended to hear their state or their newspaper called that. :) :) :)
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:57 pm

RonK wrote:Western Australian? Jeez, back when I lived in Kingsley, sandgropers would be seriously offended to hear their state or their newspaper called that. :) :) :)

And we still are. 'cos Western Australia is the state. West Australian is the people.

Somewhat like Scot and Scotch.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Mrfenejeans » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:51 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:West Australian is the people.


I thought is was Westralian, pronounced Wes-tray-an
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:03 am

Mrfenejeans wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:West Australian is the people.


I thought is was Westralian, pronounced Wes-tray-an

Westralian popped up some time in my midlife - vague personal recollection is that it was used by businesses and marketing and spread. It has now been around long enough and used often enough that I imagine that it is now justifiably a legit word. To my mind it is synonymous with West Australian.

It is fair, however, to assume that we West Australians have existed for a good deal longer than the last thirty years. :wink: Hence the pre-existing need for "West Australian".
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Pravda » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:40 am

Not to get into semantics but the term West Australian really only came about because of the paper, pretty good marketing strategy really.

That aside, another decent piece in the paper today.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:47 am

Pravda wrote:Not to get into semantics but the term West Australian really only came about because of the paper, pretty good marketing strategy really.

That aside, another decent piece in the paper today.

After some time discussing this irrelevancy (what else is the internet for anyway?), I have only just noticed that the OP titled the thtread incorrectly. :oops:


What is the article today btw?
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Pravda » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:02 am

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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Mrfenejeans » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:07 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:After some time discussing this irrelevancy (what else is the internet for anyway?), I have only just noticed that the OP titled the thtread incorrectly. :oops:


I normally use the Internet to access the News, probably why i got the papers name wrong.
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Re: The Western Australian - The Bike Boom

Postby Aushiker » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:49 pm

For those struggling with Pravda's image (thanks for sharing it but) the article by Kent Accott is available at Yahoo!.com

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