Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Did you get hooked into watching the Veledrome race coverage? I watched more than I planned. It occurred to me that it's high time SBS, which calls itself, Bike Central, devoted some substantial coverage to utility cycling.
Racing is all well and good, but its not going change our world for the better as we know that using bikes as transport, surely can. I don't have to list the ways. You know them already.
My specific challenge to SBS, which I spell out on my blog, http://situp-cycle.com, is to do an in-depth look as the public bikes of London, in the lead up to the Olympics
. Find out why there are working better than expected. Delve their ability to bring non riders to the idea of bikes as transport.Ask the key question, why cant we have the same?
Think this is a fair challenge? Then support it, please. Add your own variant on the utility bike story that you'd like SBS to get their teeth into .
To prime the pump further, I add this cut down version of one of my films, now called. The Return of the Speedwells.
G'day Mike, I guess it's the same as for cars.
Plenty of TV coverage of racing and not much of daily driving (probably because it's boring to most people)
Coverage of cars other than racing is usually around people and places.
The same formula for cycling would be interesting
Ie docos on cycle touring or lifestyle type shows on people with a cycling based life.
Rather than "um yeh I'm Chris and this is my bike. When I ride to work I ride along here, down here over this bridge, along this road... I carry a raincoat in case it rains, some spare batteries for my lights, and I have a bell, would you like to hear it? ding ding"
Some good links in your blog, such as: