Congratulations to Barry O'Farrell for his promise not to put more "crazy" bike lanes on Sydney roads (“Moore hits back at O'Farrell on cycleways”, SMH 20/3/11). As one who regularly cycles to and from work (and just about everywhere else) in Sydney, I’ve come across some shockers.
One of the craziest is the Harbour Bridge cycleway with those ridiculous steps at the northern end. Another is the access ramp to the Anzac Bridge cycleway – it begins outside a large apartment block and often has a taxi parked across it in the morning peak. I am sure that the engineers who designed those are certifiably crazy. What were they thinking?
Mr O’Farrell continues to display a lack of ability to grasp at the causes of problems, as he did with his proposed M5 upgrade. The City of Sydney’s cycleways are not the problem. In fact they have led to an amazing increase in the number of people cycling to and from work each day in an amazingly short time. The “crazy” bike lanes referred to above have been designed, built and funded by the RTA.
If he really wants to effect positive change in this state, he has do better than jump on the anti-Clover Moore bandwagon. The ALP has been doing that for years and on Saturday we will see where it gets them.