Cycling in Sydney Australia
The Daily TelegraphSource:
SYDNEY'S bikeways have become lawless express lanes with cyclists rolling through red lights and riding on footpaths.
While motorists are fined for driving in bus or bike lanes, cycling infringements go unnoticed.
Sydney City Council and the RTA are holding urgent negotiations to consider methods to penalise reckless riders.
Ideas discussed include an increased presence of police traffic officers and cameras monitoring high frequency bike lanes.
In the meantime, the bike paths have become havens for inexperienced cyclists keen to test Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's laneway project.
Riders using the new Kent St bike lane yesterday expressed their frustration that some cyclists had given them a bad name.
During a two-hour period, The Daily Telegraph observed cyclists riding without helmets, riding through red lights, riding on footpaths and riding in front of turning cars.
Ben Haslem, who rides from Newtown to Neutral Bay three-times a week, said he was fed-up with cyclists who didn't respect the rules.
"You can understand why some people are getting angry about the bike lanes. Every time I go for a ride you see people riding straight through the red light," Mr Haslem said.
A group of lawyers and accountants who work in the CBD, known as the Easy Riders, ride from the Harbour Bridge to Hyde Park for Ride to Work Day.
Easy Riders member and lawyer Peter McNamara said the ride into King St was dangerous for some cyclists. "It can get a bit tricky out there for riders who aren't familiar with the roads. It is busy at peak time and pretty narrow," Mr McNamara said. 'It can get pretty dangerous when there's a group of riders on the road."