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Australia’s best town centres

Australia’s Best Town Centres

Recent decades have seen ‘the death of the town centre’ in many western countries. Many factors are at play. These include the post-Covid shift to working from home, increases in online shopping, migration from small towns into cities, and the apparent ease of shopping in large malls rather than on the main street.  But this

Active Transport for a Healthy Economy

Bike paths and pedestrian-friendly streets have much more to do with improving our economy than many people realise! Pitt Street in the Sydney’s CBD. Originally installed as part of the pop-up cycleways program in response to social distancing rules, the Pitt Street cycleway was made permanent in 2022. Two vehicle lanes were reallocated – one for

Nicolle and her daughter in Amersfoort

Travel to school: a Dutch experience

Nicolle Kuppens is an urban planner who lives on Sydney’s lower north shore and loves riding bikes. Two years ago, Nicolle and her young family moved back to Australia after a decade in the Netherlands. And she is really missing the ease of getting around by bike! When cycling is part of the fabric of

donated kids bikes on their way to schools in bushfire affected parts of Victoria

Revolve ReCYCLING: Rebuilding Bikes and Lives

How Revolve continues to evolve Revolve ReCYCLING has been diverting old bikes from landfill and giving them new life since 2021. The social enterprise has been successfully stimulating a market for redeployed bikes, providing people with high-quality, safe and affordable bicycles, creating jobs for people with disadvantaged backgrounds and encouraging biking and active transport. It’s

Bike riders navigate a devastated street in Japan after the 2011 tsunami (Image: National Post)

In Natural Disasters, Bikes Excel

It’s not widely advertised, but when petrol is scarce and the roads are out, bikes are gold. Bikes offer a simple yet powerful solution to navigate the chaos and disruption that often accompanies natural disasters. During catastrophes, traditional transportation networks and fuel supplies often get disrupted, rendering cars and public transport ineffective. In contrast, bicycles

Fund active transport for our children's sake

Fund Active Transport For Our Children’s Sake

Bicycle NSW and Better Streets have collaborated to push the NSW Labor Government to fund transformational change to our transport system. Our letter to the Premier is here Please amplify our call to action by writing to your elected politicians. Let them know that it will take 320 years to achieve healthy, equitable streets at

The Time to Invest in Walking and Cycling is NOW

80 years’ investment in streets for cars, not people, is having a profound impact on our health But after four decades we have seen a total reversal. Preventable diseases due to lifestyle ie diet and physical inactivity have eclipsed all other health factors If diabetes continues to rise at the current rates, up to 3

Doctors call for Oxford Street renewal

Doctors Call for Oxford Street Renewal

Doctors for the Environment Australia demand a plan for Oxford Street that puts people first. Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) understand the vital link between a healthy environment and overall wellbeing. In order to emphasize their point and garner support, DEA have written a compelling letter to decision makers. DEA NSW, comprising doctors from

Road rage death 5 years on

Making Walking and Cycling a Priority

Parents across NSW are calling for safer roads around schools to enable active transport. Making walking and cycling a priority has many benefits. Residential streets in Australian towns and cities are blighted by narrow uneven footpaths (or no footpaths at all), dangerous intersections, steep kerb cuts (where they exist!), a lack of crossings and 50km/h

174 glorious kilometres of gravel and granite (Image credit: Flow Mountain Bike)

From Ghost Town to Trail Town

The Angry Bull-led recovery in Tenterfield Tenterfield, a small Northern NSW town, recently hosted Gravel n Granite, which attracted over 800 mountain bike riders. The event, organized by the local mountain bike club, was a springboard for announcing the development of a 174km trail.  Possibly the largest of its kind in Australia! Angry Bull Trails,