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Many rarely used bikes end up languishing in the shed. peace baby/Shutterstock

Own a bike you never ride? We need to learn how to fail better at active transport

Where bikes are kept is a strong pointer to the place of cycling in the owner's life. Effective active transport policy starts with understanding what stops people using their bikes instead of cars.
A cyclist in San Bernadino National Forest, where e-bikes were previously banned. AP/Brian Melley

E-bikes are coming to federally owned trails: 4 questions answered

The Trump administration has moved to allow electric bikes on all federally owned trails where normal bikes are allowed. A public lands scholar weighs in on the issues this could cause.
Street in Hangzhou, China, with trees separating a cycle track from road traffic and from the sidewalk. Xu Wen

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

Many US cities are investing in bike infrastructure and shade trees. Properly located, these additions can make streets cooler, cleaner and safer for all users – even those who drive.
When cars, trucks, bikes and pedestrians come together at an intersection, design makes the difference between collisions and safety. pxhere

We can design better intersections that are safer for all users

Collisions at intersections between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians cause many deaths and injuries. Design that considers how each group approaches intersections improves everyone's safety.
After nearly a decade of operation, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme still needs to be subsidised. Ash Kyd/flickr

Here’s what bike-sharing programs need to succeed

Many short-term bike-hiring programs have been launched amid much fanfare, only for their popularity to decline soon after. Several key factors need to be in place for a program to work.
The Netherlands’ cycleways are popular for commuting, because the infrastructure is safe, accessible and convenient. The Alternative Department for Transport

People take to their bikes when we make it safer and easier for them

The evidence suggests a small investment in cycling infrastructure, combined with less punitive policing, would enable more Australians to escape daily traffic congestion.
A cyclist rides along the Hume Highway. New research confirms that drivers cause most collisions between cars and bicycles. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Cars overwhelmingly cause bike collisions, and the law should reflect that

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, we look at new research that confirms cars cause the majority of bike collisions. It's time to follow much of Europe and shift liability to drivers.

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