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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Cycling News & views

Only indigenous bicycles can help rebuild tsunami-battered countries
That's the conclusion of the director of the biggest US bicycle recycling organisation, Pedals for Progress. His sentiments are echoed by the director of the main UK bike refurb organisation. As well as problems equipping local people with tools and spares for finely-tuned Western bikes, the countries affected by the tsunami don't want our bikes, they have their own bicycle industries.


Bicycles can help countries recover from Tsunami damage
With the death toll from the Asian earthquake disaster still rising, one small part of the recovery process for the countries affected could be the access-all-areas bicycle. A US charity is aiming to ship out bicycles to Indonesia, other bicycle refurbishment charities could follow suit.

Robotic Lions and frog-legged cyclists
Harry Pearson gazes into his crystal ball and decides what, almost certainly, won't happen this year.
Read "July' - just plain silly!

Cyclists begin movement to lobby for rights
Members of the cycling community have started a movement to lobby for the rights of cyclists on Singapore roads. Spearheaded by local cycling group Triathlon Family, this movement was prompted by the death of its member, Mr Sylvester Ang, last month.

Travails of cycle travel
This morning, a group of cyclists honoured Sylvester Ang by riding down Old Upper Thomson Road in red jerseys - his favourite colour. Sylvester, an avid cyclist, was knocked down by a bus along Lim Chu Kang Road and dragged 7m. He was pinned under the wheel of the bus and SCDF had to jack up the bus with airbags just to get him out. He died three days later on Christmas Eve.

New Zealand:
Bid to encourage cycling
Dave Robertson has a plan to put more Ashburton people on bikes - improving their health and easing congestion on the roads it is his job to look after. The Ashburton District Council roading and street services manager will begin work this year on a strategy that could lead to cycleways on Ashburton's main thoroughfares. Having fewer cars on the streets would help ease the congestion caused by the 18,000 vehicles that use the State Highway through Ashburton on a daily basis. Mr Robertson said many households in the town ran two vehicles and people needed more encouragement to leave them in the garage.