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Cycle win for Newtown blackspot

A key missing link in Sydney’s regional bike network will be completed by June following the approval of plans by Marrickville Council at its meeting on 3 March 2015.

Greens Councillor and Chair of the Marrickville Council Transport Committee, Sylvie Ellsmore, said “This month Marrickville Council approved plans to establish a new shared path for bikes, pedestrians and cars at Eliza St Newtown, which runs from Camperdown Memorial Park to King Street. Building this missing connection is the culmination of years of negotiation across Councils and campaigning by bike groups.

“The plans will finally enable cyclists to legally cross King Street in order to get to and from the Wilson Street cycleway. Currently cyclists going to or from Wilson St to Camperdown have no way to cross King Street in either direction without getting off their bikes, riding on part of the footpath or ignoring one of the “no right turn” signs.

“Hundreds of bikes cross King Street from Camperdown to Redfern and the city using this bike route every day, and the numbers keep growing. After years of campaigning I am very proud that Marrickville Council is acting to fix this major bike blackspot,” Clr Ellsmore said.

Greens candidate for the State seat of Newtown, Jenny Leong, said, “The new Eliza Street bike path is a key missing link in what is one of Sydney’s busiest regional bike routes.  Its approval brings us another step closer to implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network.”

The Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network is the key bike plan endorsed by the 15 inner Sydney Councils. It identifies 1 or 2 key regional routes connecting across each Council area as priorities to be built or completed, including a crossing at King Street.  The Greens NSW have committed to the full implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network, which has been costed at $185 million.

Ms Leong said, “Our local Greens Councillors have been driving the implementation of bike paths and increasing investment in bike paths. The Greens on Marrickville Council were last year successful in doubling the Council’s bike budget.

“But Local Councils cannot do it alone. It is good news that after many years of planning and reports the State Government has come to the party with some funding to enable this section of bike path to be built. However the reality is that there are many, many other parts of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network which will not be built because State Government funding has not been provided.

“Building proper, safe bike infrastructure takes real investment – not a piece-meal approach of funding bits and pieces of projects. It is time for the State Government and Labor Opposition to step up, and to work with the Greens to ensure that we’re investing in new cycleways and active transport, not new dirty tollways that will further choke our city,” said Ms Leong.

The Eliza Street cycleway plans were approved at the 3rd March 2015 Infrastructure Committee meeting of Council, pending some final discussions with local residents to deal with parking issues and approvals by the State RMS of the final plans. The path is likely to result in the loss of two parking spaces in Eliza Street. Once implemented bike, people and car traffic on Eliza Street will share the space in a 10km zone. The approved plans also include changing the current two-way cycleway on Mary Street to one way, with cyclists encouraged to travel instead on the larger, safer Eliza St cycleway.

The new cycleway will be partly funded by Marrickville Council and partly by the State Government, which has provided $100,000. The Greens Transport vision including costed commitments to public transport and cycleways can be downloaded at http://nsw.greens.org.au/sites/nsw.greens.org.au/files/Greens-Transport-vision-2020-Plan.pdf The ALP launched their transport vision last month. It included no reference to funding for cycleways.  

A recent ALP announcement indicated that the ALP plans to join the Greens in committing to fund the Greenway active transport corridor. For more information or to sign up to the Greens campaign to build the Greenway visit the website of Greens MP Jamie Parker.

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213 Greens candidate for Newtown Jenny Leong 0434 095 865   

Council twenty years behind on bike paths: only 9% completed

Media 24 June 2014: Tonight Marrickville Council will vote on its 2014/15 budget. The Greens are concerned that without significant increases in funding to build new bike paths the growing community of inner-west cyclists will be condemned to decades of infrastructure backlogs.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “Only $310,000 has been included in the draft 2014-5 Marrickville Council budget for new bike paths. This is only enough money to complete one bike route every year, for the next three years.[i]

“The Greens are calling on Labor and the Liberals to support an increase in our bike path budget to $1 million. The increased funding will help address the years of under-funding, which has led to a short fall of more than $7 million which is now needed for Marrickville Council to build its priority bike paths.[ii]

“Only 9% of the priority bike paths in Council’s Marrickville Bike Strategy 2007-2016[iii] have been completed to date.[iv] At this rate we will not reach our bike paths goal until 2039, more than 20 years later than planned.

“Building bike paths should be core business for local Councils, particularly Marrickville Council. After the City of Sydney, the Marrickville Council area has the largest number of residents who travel to work by bike of any Council area.[v]

“City of Sydney currently spends over 10% of its capital budget on bike paths – Marrickville Council spends only 1%.[vi]  Last year Canada Bay invested more than $1 million,[vii] and in this coming year even Leichhardt Council, which is a smaller Council than Marrickville, has budgeted more for new bike paths.[viii]

“Labor and Liberal Councillors on Marrickville Council need to show local residents whether or not they are genuinely committing to supporting cycling, and to keeping our growing number of cyclists safe.

“Increasing our Marrickville bike budget to $1 million will not only ensure we finally complete long standing black spots like Mary St/ King St/ Wilson St interchange, but means we won’t have to wait years to begin building our sections of the Greenway.[ix] 

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Take action! Email the Marrickville Councillors. More on the bike path action page here: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/bike-budget-2014/

NOTES ON THE FACTS AND FIGURES

 

 

[i] See the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 10, ‘Marrickville Council Resourcing Strategy – Asset Management Plan TRANSPORTATION’, page 78 – Bicycle Facilities Budget, as available to download at https://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/business-papers/ . The budget indicates that Regional bike route 5 (RRO5) will be completed in 2014-5, with funding allocated to complete one further regional route (RR07) in 2015-6 and another (RR12) by 2017-8.

[ii] For details of the level of underspend in Marrickville Council’s bike budget see the Answers to Questions on Notice provided put by the Greens to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. In relation to the cost for Marrickville Council to meet its bike targets, Council staff advised: “The remaining Bike route program is estimated at approximately $7,042,000 in 2014 dollars, subject to detailed investigation and design. …. It is emphasized that these estimates are preliminary and are likely to vary when detailed investigation and designs are undertaken.” A full copy of the Questions and Answers can be found at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/bike-path-questions-2014/

[iii] Marrickville Bicycle Strategy available to download from the Marrickville Council website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/bicycle-strategy/ .

[iv] As above, see Answers to Questions on Notice provided to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. At Answer to Question 8 c Council staff advised: “Council has completed approximately 95km of the bike plan, or 9% of the proposed routes”.

[v] Based on Census data, reported at page 26 of the ‘Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network – Demand Assessment and Economic Appraisal’ (September 9th 2010), as available to download from http://www.thinkingtransport.org.au/library/2010/09/inner-sydney-regional-bicycle-network-demand-assessment-and-economic-appraisal

[vi] Marrickville Council’s total annual bike budget is $310,000 pa, out of a total annual Capital Budget of $28,772,363, as outlined in the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 2, ‘Operating and Capital Budget 2014-5’ (link as above). The City of Sydney has allocated $28.5 million for bike paths next year (see http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/2473-city-of-sydneys-draft-2014-15-budget-to-deliver-194bn-infrastructure-program.html ). The City of Sydney Council’s 2014-5 Capital Works expenditure is $245.2M with contingency of $5.0M, as detailed in Council papers at: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/205038/140616_CFPTC_ITEM02.pdf

[vii] See Canada Bay ‘2013-17 Delivery Plan & 2013-14 Operating Plan’ – Snapshot of Council’s 2013-14 which includes $1 million for the Iron Cove Creek Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge project, in addition to the general infrastructure upgrade program, as available to download from http://www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/operating-plan-and-budget.html

[viii] Based on the draft Leichhardt Council’s draft 2014/5 Budget, to be adopted at the Council’s 24 June 2014 meeting.

[ix][ix] The Greenway is one of the ten Regional Routes – Regional Route 1 – for which Council has not budgeted any spending over the next 3 years. For a copy of the 10 priority Regional Routes see Answers to Questions on Notice (below) and the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy.

LOCAL BIKE ACTIVISTS SAVE CYCLEWAY

Media Release 5 February 2014

Local bike activists save cycleway from Cooks River to Camperdown

Local bike activists and Greens Councillors on Marrickville Council have successfully defeated an 11th hour attempt to kill a long-waited cycleway project.  The “Carrington Road Separated Cycleway” is the missing link in Regional Route 5, which runs from the Cooks River to Marrickville Station and beyond to Camperdown. The decision by Marrickville Council last night means the final link in the cycleway will be constructed by the middle of the year.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “The Greens on Marrickville Council are strong supporters of separated cycleways. Lanes specifically for bikes, separate from other traffic, protect the safety of cyclists and have been proven to encourage more people to cycle.

separated-cycleway

Greens Councillor David Leary, who represents the Sydenham area, said “We received many submissions from commuters and young families who currently feel unsafe when using Carrington Road. They are particularly concerned about cyclists sharing the road with trucks, and have been calling on Council to build the separated cycleway.

“We also received submissions from people running or working in businesses on Carrington Rd, who will now be able to cycle safely to work,” he said. Other submissions in support of the cycleway were received from members of Bike Marrickville, Bike Leichhardt, Ashfield BUG, ArtCycle, Ride 2 Work and the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Over the last five years the Greens and local bike activists have successfully defended the Carrington separated cycleway against several rounds of threats, always led by conservative Councillors and a handful of local businesses opposed to the small loss of parking.”

“The most recent threat to came in the form of a recission motion, which was moved by Independent Councillors Macri and Hanna and former ALP Deputy Mayor Tsardoulias at the final Council meeting of 2013. The recission motion effectively placed the project on hold for two months until it could be debated again.

Clr Ellsmore said, “If Council had passed the recission it would have sent the project back to the drawing board & reduced the cycleway to a painted bike symbol on a busy road for years to come. Council would have lost $150,000 in State funding.

“Last night’s vote is a victory for the growing number of cyclists in our local area. The Carrington Road Separated Cycleway will be one of only a handful of separated cycleways in the Marrickville Local Government Area, but the Greens want to see more built in coming years. We have a responsibility to keep our residents and commuters safe,” she said.

Media contact:

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213, sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Greens Councillor David Leary 0409 421 323, dleary@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

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

Greens target the inner-west’s bike black-spots

 

Greens candidate Mel Brooks (on bike) with Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlam at a notorious bike black spot in Newtown.

Cyclists and Greens met today at one of Newtown’s notoriously dangerous intersections, to highlight the lack of investment in cycleways in the inner-west.

They were joined by Federal Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens State Transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann, who earlier today launched the NSW Greens Bike BlackSpot in Sydney’s CBD.

“The Bike BlackSpot app is a free app for IPhones which has been developed by the Greens. It enables cyclists to instantly photograph and send information about black spots and other dangerous road incidents they encounter to their local Transport Minister and the Greens,” said Senator Ludlam.

“The information is also loaded into a public map to help Councils and the community identify the priority areas where bike path upgrades are most urgently needed,” he said.

Greens NSW Transport Spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said: “Since the Greens first launched the Bike Blackspot IPhone app in Western Australia it has been an enormous success.

“It’s been an important tool for the Greens and cycling groups to highlight the many and varied holes that exist in our bike networks.”

“The intersection of Erskineville Road, King Street and Wilson Street is a perfect example of the patchy and often dangerous bike paths that myself and other cyclists experience every day,” she said.

“The Bike BlackSpot app is a practical, community driven solution developed by the Greens as part of our ongoing campaign for better investment in cycleways.”

More information

Download the free Bike BlackSpot App from ITunes http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bike-blackspot/id510581717?mt=8

Visit the Bike BlackSpot website at www.bikeblackspot.org

Contacts:       Greens NSW Transport Spokesperson Cate Faehrmann 0412 207 043

                        Media Officer for Senator Scott Ludlam, Giovanni Torre 0417 174 302