Media: The Age
Date: 5th September 2013
Headline: More people are riding their bikes to work than last year
Journalist: Marnie Banger
The article is about a count done annually by Bicycle Victoria in Swanston St, for one hour in the morning. This year it showed an increase, as it did last year – compared to each preceding year and an increase in the proportion of women. The Age then asked for comments from Cycling Victoria and proceded to discuss sport cycling, with examples from sport cycling clubs of women who race.
As Pip Carroll from The Squeaky Wheel remarked when speaking at a recent Melbourne Writers Festival event, the cultural perception of cycling is that it is a sport, done with special equipment and special clothing.
But the intersection of Swanston and Bourke Streets isn't a good place for racing, and it's hardly the place to look for sport cyclists. It's a good place to see people getting around on bikes. Not racing, just getting about.