Around most of Australia, the Number One topic of conversation is anything related to COVID-19 and lockdowns.
But here in Canberra – well, especially amongst bike riders – it’s more likely to be where the magpies are attacking.
This week, Pedal Power caught up with Jon Clark, the mastermind and developer of the much-used Magpie Alert website. Jon developed the website to track and share where aggressive magpies are swooping. With this easily accessible information, he aims to protect others – whether they are out cycling, walking, running, or scooting.
Canberrans, in particular, have taken a shine to the website over the years with the highest number of attack recordings (per capita) in Australia. So far, in the 2021 season, over 800 attacks have been recorded in the ACT. By comparison, NSW has registered just over 1100. It’s easy to record an attack. And you can easily check out attack zones. Being aware of attack locations means you can be prepared. This helps you avoid what is often the worst part of an attack: the surprise element.
You will be able to read more about Jon Clark, his website and a wrap-up of the 2021 magpie season in the summer edition of Canberra Cyclist. In the meantime, you can follow Magpie Alert on Facebook.