Brisbane may have been rained out on Super Tuesday (2 March 2010) but Bicycle Victoria reports increases from last year of between 12% and 50% on the number of cyclists counted on major routes around the city.
This good news is counterbalanced by a report in The Age about a spate of bicycle accidents in Melbourne. According to the article cyclists hospitalised or treated for injuries at emergency departments increased from 1,236 in 1999 to 2,294 in 2007. Bicycle Victoria report that the increase in the number of crashes on major routes is less than the increase in cyclists. Although the statistics may show cycling is becoming safer the general public has the perception is that it is not safe to share the road with cars. Providing more separated bicycle facilities is the best way to get more of the cautious masses on their bikes.