Sydney cycleways - Optus good, Boral wrong message
The world is changing rapidly. Rising oil prices, impending carbon tax on transportation fuels, increasing road congestion, possible congestion charges, public transport overload, obesity crisis, diabetes epidemic.
And what does Boral do? Asks for (and gets from a dopey NSW government) an el cheapo road crossing on this popular cycleway, one of the few suitable for young kids because it is completely separated from the roads for a significant distance. The Boral wanted and NSW approved new cycleway chops a hole in the existing offroad cycleway substituting a pedestrian/cycle pelican crossing over a six lane road. Note that the road is related to a profitable land redevelopment of a quarry owned by ?????
Contrast the message Boral has sent out regarding how it see's it's interactions with the broader community with that sent out by Optus. Optus is sponsoring a breakfast to celebrate opening the Epping Road Cycleway.
Optus, one of Australia's larger companies wants to support cycling in the city by staging a breakfast supporting the opening of the Epping Road cyclepath. The breakfast is open to all on Wednesday 23 July and is an overt statement of the good citizenship of Optus.
Boral, in contrast to the supportive attitude of Optus, is replacing an off road continuous cycleway (the Prospect canal cycleway) that the Boral development severs with a cheaper and lower quality road level crossing with push-button-and-wait stop lights. http://www.canalreserve.org/
NSW - State of Confusion