I've just sent this email to Quentin Dempster (ABC TV's Stateline) following his interview with Gerry Gleeson who was secretary to the Premiers Department between 1977 and 1988. Coincidentally, he has an article it today's SMH (bottom of page 13)http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/10/08/3033664.htm
Out of the blue, Gleeson made extraordinary, uninformed comments criticising bike facilities and funding.
I was astounded with the interview with Gerry Gleeson. He was making interesting comments covering the last couple of decades of the NSW administration then he managed to comment on cycleways, which seemed
a marked digression from his earlier comments ..... he even mentioned the King
St cycleway. While Gleeson was a top public administrator he clearly has no
understanding of the role cycling can play in reducing peak hour congestion,
health and environmental benefits, etc. The PricewaterhouseCoopers draft
report into the 3km long cycleway 'missing link' between the Sydney Harbour
Bridge and Naremburn currently out for public comment has identified a benefit /
cost ratio of 4.95 to 1.
Refer to ..... http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/resources/documents/Harbourlink_DRAFT20100915.pdfand
Many road projects are battling to achieve a BCR of just
We currently have around 700 cyclists an hour riding across the SHB
cycleway during the morning peak ...... and 30% increase in the last year.
Gleeson needs to get out of his car and see what's happening as young people are
flocking to bikes.
The City of Sydney AECOM report covering 15 inner suburban
councils stated a BCR of 3.88:1. Gleeson comment was unprofessional (clearly
not knowing the BCR's of these studies) and damaging and must be addressed. I'd
recommend contacting Omar Khalifa, the recently appointed CEO of Bicycle NSW, to
provide the opportunity to address Gleeson's unfortunate comments.
Vice-president Bicycle NSW 1983-2001, president 1995-96, joint winner Cycling Promotion Fund award of the year (2008) -- honorary category