Bicycle can be a efficienct, clean and effective method of transport. Marrickville’s close position to the city and centres of employment makes it an ideal location to encourage cycling as a commuting option. However, the biggest barrier for most people to cycle is safety. Many people do not feel safe riding on our roads.
Our policy goals are:
- To construct cycle infrastructure that improves safety and efficiency for cyclists, therefore encouraging more people to cycle.
- To install cycle parking and end-of-trip facilities.
- Educate drivers about cyclists rights and safety
To achieve these goals we will work to:
- maintain and increase investment in bicycle infrastructure;
- build off-street cycles ways where possible,
- build separated bicycle lanes and traffic blisters;
- provide clear marking of cycleways through sign posts and on-road marking;
- remove obstacles to cyclists and pedestriants;
- implement policies to discourage car use and encourage alternatives;
- install bike parking in well lit, high surveillance areas in our shopping centres, at our train stations, and at workplaces and apartment buildings.
- provide information on existing bicycle routes;
- provide education material for cyclists and motorists;
- work with surrounding councils to ensure consistency in bicycle routes;
- develop the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay vision of an active transport corridor;
- lobby state and federal governments for more bicycle funding.
To build these routes will require approximately $7 million. In 2014 the Greens were successful in doubling Council’s funding to build bike paths, but there is more work to do. The Greens will be working to ensure that sufficient funding is directed to these routes to ensure they are created within the next decade. We are also working at a state level to have the RTA direct more funding away from roads and towards cycleways. At a federal level, the Greens Senators have been successful in negotiating $40 million for cyclepaths as part of the 2009 stimulous package.
City of Sydney is investing heavily in bicycle infrastructure. They plan to spend $70 million over four years to build separated cycleways and other cycling infrastructure. The Greens on Marrickville Council want to ensure the good cycleways do not stop at the council borders, but link up with quality cycleways throughout the Marrickville local government area. This is especially imporant as Marrickville is a thoroughfare for many people to reach the CBD.
Read about the latest work by your Greens Councillors in support of better bike infrastructure and the promotion of cycling on our Better Bike Paths campaign page, Media and Blog pages.