Cycling in Sydney Australia
"Cyclists should stick to the roads and avoid using shared paths [...] says North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson. Further all NSW cyclists should be licensed and registered so that those who speed or cycle aggressively can be penalised for flouting road rules..."
The bright ideas continue at some length on page 5 of the April 11 Mosman Daily, I can't find a direct link but you can see via the clumsy interface at http://newslocal.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx or I'll attempt to upload a screenshot.
I thought that this would be of general interest here, how should one respond to this?
Is there an advocacy body that actually looks out for the interests of cyclists that might take an interest?
agree, what about joggers pushing prams, rego for sure
pushing prams? don't forget the plain joggers, walkers, zimmerframers... Heck, why not make everyone where numbers round their necks.. papers please!
Staggering stuff, point well made.
I use the road and shared facilities. Who designated them shared ??
I am licenced to operate a four and two wheeled vehicle on the road and expect to abide by the road laws. I certainly don't speed - when peddling. Why should I be required to hold an additional licence?
Direct link to the story is now available: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/cyclists-shoul...
How about a biltz of letters to the editor: email@example.com
Moi aussi! Feel free to steal any points from my letter to Ms G, if you want:
Dear Mayor Gibson,
Surely they'd have to register motorists firsts. So far its just their cars.
Then they should legalise cycling on the bradfield hwy.
I think you guys may be missing the point. Obviously Jilly "I hate cyclists" Gibson has a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a fox. She (as everyone else) knows full well that license plates are of absolutely zero use when Joe Public tries to report a traffic infringement, and she (as everyone else) knows that if the police see a cyclist commit a traffic offence there is nothing on god's green earth that will prevent them from apprehending said cyclist and ensuring the full weight of the law (and then some) is applied. So license plates as a means to penalise for speeding etc is a red herring.
No, North Sydney Council rangers require license plates so they can book vehicles for illegal parking - a huge cash cow. Simply ban bicycle parking in the North Sydney Council area - apart from a half a dozen token lockers near the corner of Miller and McLaren to appease those bloody militant cyclists - and watch the cash roll in as anyone who parks a bike anywhere in North Sydney can cop it sweet.
Talk about policy on the run walk.
I say register the Mayor as a looney!
If you elect as mayor an ex-2GB presenter whose highest level of educational achievement is a cooking certificate, you shouldn't expect much in the way of well-reasoned or evidence-based policy.
There is no evidence that bicycle registration would achieve anything, other than to discourage cycling and encourage more cars, congestion and parking problems. But it would cost millions to administer and enforce, and would divert police away from dealing with real problems.
Unfortunately the one piece of evidence they seem to be reacting to is the dickhead that slugged the pedestrian when the councillors happened to be in the park for some other matter.
Not knowing the area, I'd think this is highly atypical, but it is a very unfortunate fluke that it happened when the council were onsite.