Cycling in Sydney Australia
Interesting story on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today about the Harbourlink proposal - building a pedestrian / cycle path from the Bridge to St Leonard's Park.
This is piece missing cycle infrastructure we really need. The mayor of N Sydney, Genia McCaffery is spot on where she says:
Having a decent bicycle network in Sydney is a key part of sustainable transport," Cr McCaffery said. "Many people are deterred from riding bikes because there are no proper dedicated routes or because access to routes is difficult."
Onya. I'm sending her an email in support of the idea:
And while I'm at it I'm shooting off and email to the NSW Minister for Roads Eric Roozendhall and Federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese too urging their support.
More worryingly though from the Herald story:
"According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the number of cyclists killed on the roads rose sharply in 2007 to 44 - a 30 per cent increase on the previous year."
Unfortunately this grim tally is only going to grow and infrastructure coupled with driver and rider education plus a bunch of other things is critical .