Cycling in Sydney Australia
There are some lessons here for Sydney. NYC has done a lot of good work, on my second last visit I was able to circumnavigate the whole of Manhattan Island. It has become very bicycle friendly.
What is it with the radical right that they hate bicycles so much?
Struggling to control the controversy over one of its signature transportation policies, the Bloomberg administration is embarking on an unusual kind of political campaign: convincing New Yorkers that bicycle lanes are good for them.
Well worth reading in view of Barry O'Farrell's comments on bike lanes (dailytelegraph.com.au) and the amazing things that have been done in NYC - NYC's Sadik-Khan's presentation at a recent City Talks at Sydney Town Hall was really interesting.
You can listen to an interrview with NYC Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson (bikeblognyc.com) in which he discusses a legal campaign against bike lanes, citizen support, etc.
We've already had some of this nonsense here, and it may get worse (or better if we work at it).
I received the same yesterday.
Yeah, it looks like BOF's stunt didn't achieve its aim and the Greens are likely to take Verity's seat after all, as well. Woohoo!
Re the radical right hating bikes - the top-of-my-head response (and there'd be much more to it than this) is that they detest the facts that (a) they empower their riders with self-powered, on-demand transport and (b) relatedly, once someone's bought a bike and any associated compulsories (helmet, lights), they need not necessarily buy a single thing more: no need for on-going fuelling, rego, parking, cleaning, tune-ups, etc. (Yes, yes, I'm partial to bike bling, too - but you see what I mean...)
Hi roccocobean :).
I've had the same suspicion for some time. There is, I think, a large degree of sour grapes in their attitude.