Cycling in Sydney Australia
Ms Kristina Keneally
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Fax: (02) 9228 3934
December 3, 2010
Dear Ms Keneally,
It has been brought to my attention that Chinese Amway has been granted exclusive use of the eastern walkway on our Sydney Harbour Bridge for five days in January next year. My understanding is that other (non-Amway) walkers will be required to walk on the western (bicycle-only) side of our harbour bridge and that cyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bicycles on the only dedicated cycle path in New South Wales.
Why was this request even considered? Why should we cyclists be expected to give up our hard earned facilities to appease a bunch of foreign sales zealots? More importantly, whose city is it, any way?
If these sales zealots feel so strongly about keeping away from the locals, why not give them a car lane? Why is that cyclists should always be the first to yield? How much did Chinese Amway pay for this privilege? Is it going to be distributed to the affected cyclists as compensation for their inconvenience?
You do realise that this is a dangerous precedent. It means that the RTA will continue to do what it does best – marginalising cyclists. It also means that the next bunch of sales zealots will be able to draw on this precedent when they want to bump cyclists out of the way. More importantly it signals loudly and clearly to us that cyclists will only have use of our facilities as long as they are not required by some more worthy cause; and given that cyclists are always on the bottom of the pile, every cause is deemed to be more worthy by you and your phony roads minister. I suspect that in time, cyclist-only access to the western side of the bridge will be removed altogether in order to expedite the capitalist dreams of foreigners.
This is yet another sorry episode in 12 years of Labor (sic) governments doing everything they can to undermine cycling as a credible alternative to the cars that continue to pollute and congest our city and kill its citizens.
I suspect that your minister for appeasing shock jocks (David Borger) has had a hand in this. I notice that he is still Minister for Roads. Why?
I have always doubted your commitment to cycling and this, along with Borger’s continuing role in the ministry, confirms it. I am so looking forward to March 26, 2011.
Cyclist, non car owner and voter in a marginal electorate
What did you expect from the country party? Keep on the case.