There is a scarcely audible revolution unfolding in the streets of Sydney, fuelled by the innovation of the City of Sydney and the collective will of the general populace. Since An Inconvenient Truth entered out living rooms and fundamentally altered the way in which we view the environment and redefined the political landscape, the question of how we can live sustainably has been a pressing issue on the local and global stage.
Of course, the establishment of a 200 kilometre cycleway network through the heart of Sydney is not motivated by a concern for climate change alone. While reducing the carbon footprint of the city of a whole is a noble cause, the residual benefits of decreasing the presence of cars on the road in favour of bicycles include a reduction in road congestion and an improvement in health.
According to Sydney Cycleways, people who ride bikes regularly are expected to be as fit as a person 10 years younger. Similarly, by combining transport and low impact cardio exercise, cycling increases the likelihood of completing the 30 minutes of exercise per day mandated by health professionals.
With $3.5 billion per year spent on traffic congestion, with a forecasted 23 per cent growth in traffic in the next fifteen years. The Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network is expected to a 66 per cent increase in people riding bikes by 2016.
In preparation for this initiative, the City of Sydney will be providing a series of free courses to assist people in safe cycling. The Cycling Confidence Course runs for approximately 4.5 hours and includes basic cycling skills and road safety. Having mastered the basic skills, it is also possible learn bicycle maintenance in a course running for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The courses will be run in Sydney Park and bookings can be made online.
The family are all keen cyclists who have lived and cycled in Europe and UK. It is the ATTITUDE of the car drivers towards the cyclist that needs to change ( as some countries , car hits bike, car is always at fault) . Many Sydney drivers have no respect for cyclists, target them and we have all been subjected to constant abuse on the road.Using mobiles when driving continues to provide dangers for cyclists. North sydney cycleway is in parts ridiculous, the roads are too narrow and you cannot ride safetly in the designated cycleway alongside parked cars. Road surfaces not maintained and dangerous for cyclists.
So for now, teach new cyclists on the road how to deal with road rage and abuse. Also , how to manoevre between parked cars and traffic going at 60km an hour and make quick evasions round road surfaces which are unsatisfactorily maintained ( caused two recent bad accidents in the family) thanks and good luck, Georgina
By talbo0 - reader Wednesday, 22nd of September @ 11:02 pm