Integrating the bike system with Myki may improve its perception as a form a transport and also increase the ease of use.
Melbourne has a defined system of recreational cycling paths, but barely any segregated bicycle lanes that promote bike use as a form of travel rather than a hobby.
The City of Melbourne has began to implement some bike only lanes but it is far from a bike-centered system.
Australia does not have the pro-bicycle history and culture of many parts of Europe.
Australian’s do not view the bycicle as a form of transport and feel less confident cycling on roads.
A study has suggested improvements to Australian bike share systems to bring them closer to international norms.
Substantial improvements to the bicycle lane/path network
Lower speed limits in places to encourage the confidence and safety of bikers
Integration with public transport smartcard ticketing
Significant increase in docking stations and bicycles (particularly Melbourne)
Improved helmet availability.
Before assuming the mandatory helmet law is to blame for the poor usage of Australian bike share systems, further analysis is required to tailor a system that will the population find easy, safe and accessible.
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