Cycling in Sydney Australia
I had my meeting yesterday with my local ALP MP regarding these new rules and this. Her response to the new rules seemed to be a case of "why do we want to become the nanny state again". I got a fair hearing, but I didn't get any warm and fuzzies that she would be a champion on it. She said that she'll take it to Caucus with the points that I'd discussed, but she would vote in parliament in line with the caucus vote. She also mentioned that there are just as many in ALP who would like to see cyclists off the road. Having said that, she does seem to be receptive to cycling. She remembers us discussing it when she phoned me to drum up votes before the last election.
"why do we want to become the nanny state again"
Again? When did NSW (or Australia in general) stop being a nanny state? She's deluding herself.
I don't, and probably never will, understand why such a large proportion of the Australian population want cyclists out of sight, out of mind and off the roads. I didn't grow up here so maybe there is some cultural phenomenon that I don't appreciate? Is it the bogan Falcodoore factor? Either way, the more conversations I have with non-cycling people, including members of my wife's family, the more I despair for the future of legislation aimed at cycling in this country (and hence cycling in general).
I would *tell* her that as your MP she is on point to at least ensure that debate is triggered.
If she insists that she answers to her Caucus and not the people she is paid to govern FOR, I would tell her to fuck off.
Same pozzy regarding my own Labor MP, and I shall take the same stance of course.
And indication of how serious Labor are about delivering for cycling it is amusing to go to page 5 and check off what they actually delivered. It turned out to be a plan to take the piss.
Which stacks up of course with Liberals, under whom every one of the sparse cycling projects approved for this year will be a footpath. Not to mention them closing cycle facilities; including M2 this week, College St, and the path under the M4.
Thanks I'll use your data to respond to a letter Ray Williams sent me trumpeting the record spending on active transport.
Deffo time to call BS on THAT !
To add to that when Anthony Albanese was infrastructure minister in the labour govt, massive interstate improvement was made to railway, mainly for freight movement. At the time this ran through Sydney in the section Strathfield to Hornsby (if memory serves right) Mr cycling advocate Albanese's infrastructure project got rid of the Concord West "bicycle tunnel". Bikes have to use the bridge along with the cars.
Compare that to Auckland New Zealand now in Dec 2015, A 5m wide bicycle tunnel retrofitted under a motorway to keep cyclists separated. We can't even get an upgrade. Hold them to account. IMO Albo does not have much of a record in this area despite his public proclamations. (Happy to be corrected)