• Short Summary

    Hundreds of cyclists turned out in the streets of Sydney, Australia, on the city's Foundation Day on Friday (2 August) to protest against rising pollution and demand improvements in public transport and better traffic rights for bicycles.

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    Hundreds of cyclists turned out in the streets of Sydney, Australia, on the city's Foundation Day on Friday (2 August) to protest against rising pollution and demand improvements in public transport and better traffic rights for bicycles.

    Accompanied by floats with banners proclaiming "pedal power" the cyclists streamed across Sydney Harbour Bridge, and in defiance of police instructions, turning unexpectedly in the middle. Police could only follow and attempt to disentangle the resulting traffic jams.

    The demonstration was timed to coincide with a report released by the New South Wales Department for Planning and Environment stating that pollution in Sydney could soon be as bad as in Tokyo. Most of last year carbon monoxide concentrations in the city exceeded the limits laid down by the World Health Organisation.

    At a rally after the demonstration, The state's Transport Minister, Mr. Milton Morris pledged to turn in his own car and urged people to use public transport. Later he joined the "bikies" on a tour of the city.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD08I1YZ5KF6JBT4N58FSF8UPZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAD08I1YZ5KF6JBT4N58FSF8UPZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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