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July 2, 2006

The Realities of Urban Transport

Filed under: advocacy, commuting — schmadzie @ 5:13 pm

Via Velorution, some nice thoughts from The Financial Times and The Guardian..

Two articles from high-end newspapers that both address the practicalities of urban cycling as transportation.

Riding in the city needs to be normalised – The average Sydney office worker needs to think about cycling outside of the restrictive and misguided ideas of either lycra-clad weekend warriors on $5k worth of carbon fibre, or hell-bent couriers running red-lights and knocking down old ladies..

What can we do to get the Herald to write a weekend lifestyle article about the best bike routes between Circular Quay and Central? Or where to buy the best wicker baskets and urban bikes?

Update: Another Financial Times columnist, today, “with 10 excellent reasons why cycling to work would be a very good idea for you”… Office Workers of Sydney unite! You have nothing to grease but your chains!



  1. I agree – we need to broaden the idea of what a cyclist is. And we also need to broaden the concept of what a bicycle is. So how do we get bike shops to stock more “comfort” bikes, not just the latest carbon fibre speed machines?

    Comment by Treadly & Me — July 2, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

  2. treadly – it’s a challenge.. In my experience, every major bike shop in sydney (with the exception of Cheekymonkey), practically disregards comfort bikes, folders and citybikes –

    It’s my (totally unfounded) opinion that the first person to import a container-load of these:
    or these:
    or these: Australia will make a very substantial profit.

    Comment by nicholasb — July 2, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

  3. i’m working on it

    Comment by schmadzie — July 3, 2006 @ 4:54 am

  4. Hi,

    It was with great pleasure that I read your comments!

    My name is Sophia and I am Marketing Director of V E L O R B I S; an exclusive classic bicycle company. Our bicycles really fill a niche gap in the market; they are sleek in design and combine essential lifestyle features that make them perfect for urban commuting or leisurely cycling around the town (they also feature beautiful brown leather finishing for those who like to accessorise!).

    It seems that you are experiencing the same difficulties regarding cycling that we are in the UK. The Government has various incentives to tempt people back on the saddle but some of our cycle lanes are in a bad state compared to other countries.

    Cycling is such a healthy, ‘green’ and enjoyable way to get around. The retro vibe is also evident through all elements of design and music and numerous celebrities are embracing cycling again.

    We would love to enter the Australian market as you seem to share our cycling passion and need for good city bikes that are tailored for urban lifestyles. If anyone knows of any distributors that could help, I’d be very grateful to discuss opportunities.

    Please visit our website to find out more about us.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,
    +44 7900 574 237

    Comment by Sophia Parsons, Sales & Marketing Director — July 4, 2006 @ 1:57 am

  5. hanging chair wicker basket…

    Wow that’s a nice post ….

    Trackback by hanging chair wicker basket — July 15, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

  6. I had a look at the velorbis bicycles and I think they look amazing! I really hope that I can buy one here in Sydney soon!!!

    Thanks for making such a nice bike!

    /Maria (Cycle commuter)

    Comment by Maria — July 18, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

  7. Hi!

    Thanks for such great comments, it really spurs us on. We’re working on getting our bicycles distributed in Sydney soon, so please look out for us.

    Best wishes, Sophia & The V E L O R B I S Team.

    Comment by Sophia Parsons, Sales & Marketing Director — July 20, 2006 @ 2:23 am

  8. Velorbis bikes have now arrived in Australia, please contact or on 0402 766 503 for nearest dealer…

    Comment by peter santos — December 15, 2007 @ 3:08 am

  9. Hi All

    Another option that might interest people is the range of Skeppshult bikes from Sweden. They have the classic 7 speed Natur along with an Automatic 8 speed comfort bike. You can check them out at

    Comment by Gregg — May 10, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

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