Straight from the mailbox and hot off the scanner...

Not that it's actually much to get excited about if you've seen any of these paths, but at least it's bringing bicycles into the attention of the wider public.
 

City of Sydney
ARN 22 636 550 790 
GPO Box 1591 Sydney NSW 2001 Australia 
Town Hall House 456 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia 
Phone +61 2 9265 9333 Fax +61 2 9265 9222 TTY +61 2 9265 9276 
council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au www.cityofsydneynsw.gov.au 

1st March 2010 

BOURKE ROAD, MANDIBLE and BOWDEN STREETS ALEXANDRIA CYCLEWAY OPENINGS 

Dear Resident, 

In November 2009, the City of Sydney began construction on separated cycleways on Bourke Road, Mandible and Bowden Streets. These cycleways will be opened shortly. 

They are among the first of a comprehensive 200 kilometre cycle network that the City of Sydney is building to reduce road congestion, cut carbon emissions and improve public health. 

These are important local roads in the Alexandria area, and the City has implemented a range of measures including changed lane markings and the installation of speed cushions to reduce vehicle speeds, and increase safety for all road users. 

Please be aware of these changes and consider the needs of others. 

In the factsheet attached - Introducing the Bourke Road, Bowden and Mandible Street Cycleways - you will find information specific to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Drivers are reminded to obey the road markings and road rules at all times - they exist for the safety of yourself and others. Drivers must also observe the road rules that apply to manoeuvring in and out of driveways and making turns: 

When entering or leaving a driveway, a driver must give way to ALL pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles already travelling along a footpath, cycleway or roadway respectively. 

Alexandria and Beaconsfield already have the second highest percentage of residents cycling to work in the City of Sydney with a 74 per cent increase in bike riders between 2001 and 2006. 

These new cycleways will play an important part in increasing safety and convenience for existing bike riders, reducing road congestions, and encouraging even more Sydneysiders to take up cycling as a safe, sustainable and healthy option. 

For more information please contact David Woolbank on (02) 9265 9333 or by email at prioritycycleways@cityofsydney.nsw.qov.au or visit our website at: 
www.cityofsydney. nsw.gov.au/cyclinc. 

Yours sincerely, 


MONICA BARONE 
Chief Executive Officer 

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I quite like the new cycle way. Feel much much more safer! Improvement would be remove of sticks and drains!
Will the RTA begin teaching new drivers to look left before exiting a driveway?

Will the RTA do a mail campaign to all licensed drivers to do this also?

Currently, myself included, it is not an automatic action to check left as you exit - like when you might be crossing a bike path.
A few collisions will soon solve that.
It's called collateral damage.
What about crossing a footpath when exiting the motorist's own driveway?

Do people not know to look both ways and give way to whatever is coming?

I guess they don't...
Do driver ever look?
Do driver ever look?
Probably only for things they perceive as a threat to their own life (or liberty) i.e. Cars and trucks as big or bigger than them. They know they have nothing to fear either physically or legally from colliding with a more vulnerable road user. This is why vulnerable road user legislation is critically needed in this and every other country where the car culture is king.
It's called right of weight
I like it and award you with a months supply of internets.
I pretty much agree with CM, in that we do need legislative improvement. As well as specific learning requirements for drivers relating to non-motor traffic.

However a part of "did not see" is "did not look".

Some is "only looked where motor vehicles are expected".

I'm not sure how how to tackle the psychology of invisibility. A driver will see a motorcycle that looks like a cop, in situations where they will fail to see an ordinary one.
only see what is a threat to them
"A significant proportion of motorists fear physically or legally colliding with a more vulnerable road user."

That fear doesn't appear to be motivating too many drivers to take enough care around cyclists though does it? A major cause of death and injury to cyclists continues to be from motor vehicles striking them. Likewise, the perceived danger posed by car drivers is a major reason cited by non-cyclist as the reason they won't cycle on roads.

"Does anyone always see everything when they are doing anything? How is that an argument?"

I think Neil was asking whether you feel that drivers always give you enough space and consideration on the road or act as if they are blind to your presence a large part of the time. Almost daily, most of us experience or hear stories of motorists taking enormous risks with our lives by such behaviour as passing too closely or overtaking and braking sharply.

My point is that not enough motorists are sufficiently motivated to behave safely around cyclists and pedestrians. What's the worst that can happen to them if they hurt other more vulnerable road users?

Too often, there is a reluctance for the judiciary or police to take these cases very seriously due in part, I suspect, to the difficulty in gathering sufficient evidence to make a strong case against a motorist. Apart from those rare times when an independent eye witness can verify negligent behaviour on the part of a motorist, all that motorist need do is deny a collision was their fault and off they go.

A European-styled vulnerable road user law would place the onus on motorists to demonstrate why they were NOT responsible for a collision with a cyclist or pedestrian. Simply saying "Sorry, I didn't see them" wouldn't be enough!
According to hospital data 40.7% of Sydneys cbd cycling accidents are from car doors.

Keep that in mind when talking about cycleway safety.

You can't get doored when there aren't any parked or passenger doors around. All you need to do is pay attention at driveways and intersections, be courteous to other cyclists and be cautious around pedestrians.

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