February 9th, 2011

Australia's $10,000,000,000 investment in cycling: figures revealed.

Let us assume, for argument's sake, that in a generation each household will spend around $1000 on cycling equipment. Most of that expenditure, I'm sure, will be in Santa's name. Most of it will rust and be left on the curbside for the free council clean up. And some of that expenditure will be from households like mine, that are genuinely invested in bicycle transit and sport. But whatever. I think we can agree that 1K per household, per generation, is a fair guess.

According to Wikipedia, New York City has 3,021,588 households. That's a three billion dollar transport infrastructure investment, largely going to waste! Three fricking billion. Australia has around ten million households, and therefore a ten billion dollar investment in bicycling infrastructure.

In good faith, the private sector in Australia—ma and pa voters—have put up ten billion. All I'm asking is that the government now match that investment. Adjusted for inflation, that's less than one tenth of what was spent on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Okay, so it's double the damage bill from the floods up in Queensland. I don't mind if the work is rolled out over a couple of years.

Julia, if you're reading, that's all I can tell you. Just go run it through parliament. We have the Greens and Abbott on side already.

Do you know your way to Taipei?

Do you know your way to Taipei? Don't go back to find some piece of mind! The Taipei International Cycle Show is in Taipei, March 16 to 19. (I hope you read all that to the tune of this song as intended). But if  indeed you do go back to Taipei, this year you will see dress cycling shoes by Hasus. Indeed if the Infinity Beach Cruiser is anything more than an AutoCAD wet dream, you will be haggling with the likes of Giant no doubt, for exclusive rights to this brilliant invention, set to change how we all ride on sand. Oh and of course, you will see bikes you know by famous brand names, without their stickers, just waiting to have your sticker placed on them. Got a cool brand name you would like to launch on the market? I always thought Knuckle Sandwich would be a good name for pink dragsters—if not a British/Chinese fusion dish mixing bread slices and chicken feet.

As fashion weeks in Paris and New York are for the rags trade, The Taipei International Cycle Show is for the bicycle business. Look out for cream leather saddles and matching tool bags this year, by JIUH-YEH CRAFT CO., LTD,  artful thieves of all Brooks's designs, ready to furnish the burgeoning retro city bike market. YABAN CHAIN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. have titanium chains that you can brand "Daisy", "Bondage", or whatever you think is going to sell. I'm not trying to waste your flavour here ladies. I'm just telling you some of what I've learned about bikes and how they get from the factory to you.