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Volvo announces cyclist detector

Volvo announces cyclist detector

Although we don’t usually take a lot of interest in autoshows, who could resist the blurb from Volvo about their new cyclist detector? Doug Speck, Senior VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo, literally rolled out another Volvo world first in car safety yesterday when he arrived on stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show press conference riding a bicycle. He announced that Volvo will incorporate a scanner technology that detects and automatically brakes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advocacy, hot news, Safety

Dooring on the rise

Dooring on the rise

Dooring – the dangerous and painful experience of being struck by a car door which suddenly opens in your path – is on the rise, and legislation will be debated in the Victorian parliament tomorrow (15 February) to triple the penalties on offending drivers. Greens MP Greg Barber originally introduced the Bill on 8 February which would increase the fine and introduce demerit points fo rhte offence, giving it the equivalent penalty of running a red … Read entire article »

Filed under: Safety

Cyclista Sarah stops stealer

Cyclista Sarah stops stealer

Sarah Delacey has worked hard for her bike and she wasn’t about to let it go She had, like all of us, been told plenty of times to keep the bike locked whenever it wasn’t being ridden and was normally conscientious about doing so. “Whenever my bike’s out of sight I’m vigilant about making sure it’s locked, but it seems that just being nearby with the bike in sight isn’t enough, so my advice now is: if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Women or girls and cycling

Headphones a risk for pedestrians

Headphones a risk for pedestrians

The number of US pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in six years, according to a study published on 16 January 2012 in Injury Prevention. it should be noted, however, that the figures are still relatively low – the annual tally rose from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011, bringing the total of cases to 116 over this period. The majority of victims were male (68%) and under … Read entire article »

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FREE! Video of the week: Beauty and the Bike screening

FREE! Video of the week: Beauty and the Bike screening

The film follows two groups of young women from Darlington and Bremen. Between them, they discover what makes – and stops – teenage girls from cycling. Free summer outdoor screening of Beauty and the Bike. Cycling is another great way we can live more sustainably and with less waste. It is an inspirational movie particularly for young women so bring your friends and family. Why not ride your bike to the movie! Date: Wednesday … Read entire article »

Filed under: Community events, Events, Issues, Traffic conditions and Infrastructure, Video, Women or girls and cycling

Striking (no pun intended) pro-helmet ads

Filed under: Helmets, Issues

Helmets, that [hairy] old chestnut

Helmets, that [hairy] old chestnut

Helmet hair has been a bit of a curly question for me (yes, that is a frizz joke) although it’s never stopped me getting on my bike, but now it’s creeping onto the public health agenda in the US, with the Surgeon General, Dr Regina Benjamin, speaking at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta about the barrier “sports hair” posed to motivating women to exercise. Dr Benjamin said too many women are forgoing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Helmets, News

Helmet laws bad for health

Helmet laws bad for health

Chris Rissel, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and an investigator on an Australian Research Council-funded study of cycling risks and hazards, writes in The Conversation that Australian compulsory helmet laws are an obstacle to a healthier population. Chris has been frequently misquoted on this topic – his main argument is not that helmets are physically ineffective, but that the legislation has had the result of increasing health risks by deterring cyclists. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Helmets, News