Cycling in Sydney Australia
(also posted at http://itsjustlikeridingabike.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/30daysofbiki... with working links)
April is here, and that means 30daysofbiking - it’s a project from some Minneapolitans with no politicis, no fundraising, no campaigning… just getting people out and riding their bikes for 30 days straight. It’s a great idea, encouraging people to get riding and doing it repeatedly – it’s exactly the sort of thing psychologists would recommend if you want people to change habits and behaviour.
Here in Sydney, riding your bike regularly can result in being attacked by motorists, or if you’re lucky enough to have the police around, being fined. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore has done her best to make cycling safer and more acceptable, most notably by building dedicated cycle lanes. Sounds like a good idea right? Especially in a city where transport issues dominate headlines and political campaigns. So of course, with the cycle network only half complete, the NSW government has naturally decided to put a stop to it, by creating a new committee to oversee (and no doubt veto) any further cycling infrastructure development.
Because what the commuters need is another committee, not a viable transport alternative. Bravo Barry.
As a result, a group of Clover’s supporters arranged a rolling rally, well attended by Sydney cyclists of all shapes and sizes. The Stig was definitely my favourite. The crowd was in good spirits and good voice for the speechy parts, and then moved off for a ride around the patchy, and thus far, poorly-connected cycle lanes in the CBD. Proving how much Sydney needs better cycling facilities, the first 100m from Town Hall had to be done on foot, pushing our bikes along the footpath.
To everyone who got out for the ride, good work! Keep it up for the rest of April, and encourage others to join in.