Greens promote bike and car share schemes

Following the successful move by Greens on Leichhardt Council to urgently investigate the implementation of a Sydney Bike Share Scheme with neighbouring Councils, Marrickville Council will debate Greens & ALP motions in support of the proposal at its August Council meeting.

Bikeshare

The Greens motion comes after the Greens on Marrickville Council successfully moving for a Newtown and Enmore wide consultation on the expansion of car share schemes at its 6 August 2013 meeting.

For more information about the Greens proposal visit http://portjackson.greenshost.org/public-bike-share-scheme/

20 August 2013 Marrickville Council Meeting – C0813 Item 22 NOTICE OF MOTION: PUBLIC BIKE SHARE SCHEME

Clr Melissa Brooks (Phone 0409 235 802)

MOTION:

THAT Council:

1.    actively participate in conversations initiated by Leichhardt Council on the viability and desirability of a public bike share scheme in areas covered by Marrickville, Leichhardt, City of Sydney, Marrickville, Randwick and Waverley and the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales; and

2.    engage other cycling and transport stakeholders in discussions about such a project.

Background

At the May Ordinary Meeting of Leichhardt Council the council resolved to seek interest in a bikeshare scheme with other inner Sydney councils and The Universities of Sydney and NSW. While a council bike share scheme in an LGA may not be feasible, a joint venture with these other LGAs and major institutions provides a scale that may make such a scheme workable.
Bike Share schemes provide a service that makes bicycles available for shared use to people on a very short term basis. The main aim of these systems is to provide affordable access to bicycles for short distance trips in an urban area as an alternative to private vehicles.
The benefits of bike share schemes are significant. They reduce congestion, making it easier to access a bicycle and the health benefits that come from cycling.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlum, with local Greens including Sylvie Ellsmore and Melissa Brooks

2012 Launch of the Greens Bike BlackSpot App, with Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlum, with local Greens including Sylvie Ellsmore and Melissa Brooks

Also check out more information about the Greens campaigns for better bike paths see the Greens BlackSpot Campaign page at http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/bike-blackspot

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