I get to travel a fair bit for work and I always like to check out the local cycling culture, infra and so on. Currently in Melbourne and seeing loads of really nice fixed/SS bikes - makes sense I guess as the centre is pretty flat. Not so many stubby stemmed and narrow-barred ones here like there are in London. The usual polished hubs and deep section wheels are about, as are a lot more people riding in civvies. Chaingangs out in force on Sunday - Scott & Giant seemed popular.
Obviously everyone* riding in helmets but one unintended consequence I've noticed is the amount of skateboard commuters. Lo and behold - they aren't required to wear helmets by law and there's also no rules about powered skateboards. Surprised they haven't been legislated against given Australia's usual approach to such things. Bearing in mind they can easily travel as fast as a cycle commuter it's another thing for pedestriancs to watch out for. Cycle lane provision seems pretty good but the traffic is so heavy and fast, and junctions so vast, that I wouldn't fancy cycling here. The mandatory cycling law has killed the bike share business too - blue bikes contract ends at the end of this month.
Oh and it's a particularly shit place to be as a pedestrian. Never encountered crossing wait times like it, all priority is given to vehicles and trams, and plenty of red light violations.
*there are exemptions - for example the AusPost delivery guys I saw were wearing flap caps - I guess avoiding skin cancer takes precedence...
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