Val and Faith are joined by Nik Dow, of Melbourne BUG and Freestyle Cyclists, this morning in the studio. We share our bike moments including Nik'sexperience riding share bikes in China before moving onto news.
We discuss Merie Polkamp's account of gendered abuse from male cyclists in Melbourne and the well documented Australian gender divide in cycling. The misogyny experienced by women cycling in Australia adds an extra dimension to their experience of shared spaces. We discuss how this plays out on different routes and the impact cycling infrastructure can have in determining who chooses to ride a bike in your city or suburb. Our next discussion on stalled plans for St Kilda Rd bike lanes makes the same connection and we see much of this same story played out as we move onto oBikes and share bike systems, both here and around the world.
We finish up with two great opportunities coming up to enjoy some art on your bike. One with the excellent Port Phillip BUG and the second enjoying the annual MoreArt bike rides.
Chris, Faith, Val and Steve