Hubby has been riding his bike to work for a few years now and although he uses bicycle paths where they are available, and side streets where they are not, I still hear regular stories of riders being hit by cars or having near misses and it worries me.
Newcastle has better facilities for commuting riders than many cities (certainly there are some great bike paths for recreational riders) but there is much room for improvement for those riders competing with traffic.
For the past few years, Bicycle Victoria has organised an annual visual bike count of commuting riders in various cities and suburbs around Australia, and this year the Super Tuesday Bike Count is on Tuesday March 1 between 7am and 9am.
As you can imagine, the information gathered at these counts is vitally important in helping campaigns for better cycling facilities.
You can register as a counter here, and if you nominate a group such as a school or biking group, you will receive $50 for your group as a reward!
If can't help count, you do ride to work occcasionally, and you live in one of the 47 municipalities participating in the count (scroll down for the list) make sure you ride to work on Tuesday March 1, 2011 so that you will be counted :-)