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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.

Local news

Multi-million dollar bike parking facilities lure big businesses to Sydney CBD

Sydney office towers are cutting down on car parking and investing in multi-million dollar end of trip facilities for bike riders in an effort to attract tenants. In recent years many of the CBD’s buildings have struggled to lease prime real estate, but new facilities, including laundry service and on site mechanical support, are proving popular among time-poor executives keen to use their daily commute as a workout.

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LifePaint: safety innovation or victim blaming?

Volvo’s spray on, reflective LifePaint has been generating a lot of discussion around the world over the past few weeks. Fairbax bike blogger Michael O’Reilly questions whether it’s a safety solution or victim blaming.

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Hobart extends key cycleway

It’s been a long time coming, but a short extension of the Inter City Cycleway along Morrison Street, Hobart, is finally under construction. The cycleway  is one of Hobart City Council’s Inner City Action Plan projects. While works are under way, cyclists heading toward Salamanca will have to divert via Franklin St. The extension is expected to be complete by early June.

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International news

BBCBoat vs bike

In an effort to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a man is competing in the Scarborough Yacht Club’s annual North Sea race. The twist? He’s racing by bike. While the boats race 200 miles from Scarborough, Yorkshire, to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, Steve Parker will ride 50 miles from Scarborough to Hull, then cross by ferry to Zeebrugge and pedal the remaining 150 miles to Ijmuiden.

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50 reasons to charge up

If you’ve ever been curious about ebikes but haven’t been game to give one a go, here’s 50 reasons that might convince you.

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Brits reclaim bomb sites with bikes

In the wake of World War Two, groups of British teenagers known as ‘skid kids’ turned desolate bomb sites into cycle speedways. Some are still racing today. The BBC investigates.

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Health

unhealthy-activitiesBreak the habit

These six seemingly harmless habits could be detrimental to your health. The good news is, they’re easy to eliminate!

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Video

Hop on

Canada has released a fun (and visually spectacular) new clip encouraging people to to hop on their bikes.

 

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