Cycling in Sydney Australia
Two excellent letter. Thanks Neil.
We came so close to achieving a cycle-friendly Lane Cove. Now we need to regroup. The way forward is to place safe off-road bike infrastructure firmly on the agenda at the next Council elections. To achieve this we'll need lots of supporters & networking. This is how the Woolworths & Library extension beat essentially the same core opponents who opposed the Bike Plan. If there are supporters out there who would like to get involved, please email me: < email@example.com >
'Nother great letter from a cyclist in today's NST, bagging out NMAA's Michael Lane. This one is from SC's own CPF-award-winning Russ Webber:
Some great arguments in there!
Lane hits back ... with a wet noodle.
Today's NST has a long letter from him repeating many of the arguments debunked just last Friday in Russ's letter, above.
Here is an excerpt:
The real issue is the inability to comprehend that motor vehicle users contribute some four times the cost of building and maintaining roads whereas the use of his [i.e. NA's] preferred vehicle (a bicycle) makes virtually no contribution to costs.
That motorists contributions go through consolidated revenue does not alter the fact that he pays next to nothing directly for his road usage.
Motor vehicles must also have third party insurance to cover the cost of injuries caused but cyclists do not.
Further, motor vehicles have to be registered ... so that they can be connected to their owners in the event of misdeeds but cyclists oppose this for themselves so they cannot be brought to account for their misdeeds.
Effectively cyclists have both a "get out of tax" and a "get out of prosecution" card.
Michael Lane, St Ives