In both Indian and Australian cities, cyclists who deliver goods and services have to take it slow.
Cycling is a low-cost and non-polluting way to make deliveries in congested cities. Slow cyclists should be recognised as good for the economy and environment, not treated like second-class citizens.
The relationship between drivers and cyclists is highly unequal, both physically and culturally.
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The primacy given to the car has shaped our cities, the roads that serve them and our very thinking about the place of driving in our lives. And it's a mindset that leaves cyclists highly vulnerable.
With Australian roads originally built and designed with only motorists in mind, drivers and cyclists are still learning to share.
Because Australian roads were built and designed with motorists in mind, it is easy for Australian motorists to feel cyclists are using 'their' roads and disrespecting the natural order.
In one Melbourne case study, half-a-dozen bikes occupying the same space as a parked car generated, on average, nearly four times as much retail spending.
Pro-bike policies can boost local business. In one Melbourne case study, the average hourly retail spending from six bikes was $97.20 compared to $27 from one car occupying an equivalent space.
Cycling could be a major part of the solution to London's transport problems – it's a shame the main mayoral candidates don't see it that way.
The way we get around has been revolutionised over the past half a century. But old habits die hard.
Hazards of city cycling.
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