It's not too often that cycling makes the major national news papers, but today is the exception.
Of course with the Tour Down Under being run, the nations sports writers re-familiarise themselves with the sport of cycling and pen a few words. Today's Sydney Morning Herald has a full spread, including a summary of the TDU so far, a massive article on Lance, and then some smaller articles on Cadel Evan's new team and the possibility of a second Pro-Tour race in Australia.
Next up was the Fin Review, getting in on the action with a large article about the growing popularity of cycling, both as a recreational activity and as a more legitimate form of transport. They refer to the announcement earlier this year from Victorian Roads Minister Tim Pallas, at a launch of a cycling plan, that having more commuters on bikes would relieve pressure on other parts of the transport system. This comment is a healthy contrast to views expressed by former transport ministers. Glad to see the tide may be turning and looking forward to more support for cycling infrastructure.
Of course, bike paths are great, but what if you don't have anywhere to park your bike when you get to work? Or no where to shower and get changed? One of the company's referred to in the Fin Review article is Penny Farthings, makers of the Green Pod, a self contained bike parking and shower/change facility that is designed to fit into the space of a standard car parking space. A great way for companies to make cycling to work more viable for their employees.
See you on the road!