Promoting cycling

All over the world cities are looking for ways to reduce car use and congestion.  Increasingly they are turning towards bicycles as part of the answer.bicycle-symbol

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.

Marrickville Council has a comprehensive bicycle strategy including detailed maps of planned regional and local bicycle routes (download 14mb PDF).

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.

Artist_impression_Mandible_StCity 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.

 

 

7 comments

  • I believe it will lead to more transport confusion. It’s dangerous, will steal roadway parking places, cause more motor vehicle congestion, and before long the cycleways themselves will become overloaded. Pedestrians will also suffer.

  • The full adverse impact of cycleways can be seen in the near-eastern suburbs, where already narrow roads have been narrowed, causing traffic jams, and pedestrians are now left confused and liable to be run down. The city’s hills and torrential rainfall militate against the success of a project that was flawed from the outset. With any luck, the O’Farrell coalition government will carry out its threat to reverse this no-brainer policy. William Whitmore

    • So far two replies saying that cycleways cause traffic congestion. WRONG! Cars cause traffic congestion. When you are in your car you are traffic! As for pedestrians, look at the stats, how may pedestrians this month alone have been killed or injured by cars as opposed to cyclists? William you are right, Barry O’Fails policy is a no-brainer, he obviously is relying on brainless people to vote for it.

  • This is a fantastic move, you only have to look at cities like Berlin and Amsterdam to see how well a bike culture works. I cycle to work every day, the hills just make it a better work out, giving me the recommended exercise for a young adult. Torrential rain? I ride in the rain, its no problem. I rode in the snow, blizzards and -20 degree temps in Berlin, it was no problem if you dress correctly. Rain, hail and shine in Berlin everyone was still on the road because of the fantastic commuting systems these cities have developed for cyclists. If there are better cycle ways, less people will drive, reducing traffic jams and congestion. Everyday, when all the motorists are stuck in traffic, I over take them on my bike, reaching my destination before they even clear the block. All these arguments above by William and Tim are fascicle, can you provide any justification for your claims cycle ways would cause congestion and confusion? all the evidence is to the contrary. Cycling is the way of the future. Having safe and fast bike paths would only make LESS confusion. As a cyclist the only problems I have are when bike lanes abruptly end, and I have to go all over the road and footpath to turn a corner, or cross traffic. If bike lanes were properly developed cyclists would not get in the way of pedestrians and motorists, and motorists and pedestrians wouldn’t get in the way of cyclists. Greens, you just got my vote.

  • great work! any chance of also working with the RTA so that laws concerning cyclists are part of the theory test? thought this might be a way to cut down on the number of people who seriously believe that cyclists are not allowed to be on the road, those who think it’s okay to graze your elbows as they overtake and lots who don’t realise that it’s perfectly legal to cycle in the middle of a lane.

  • jamesashtonnicholsJames

    Tim – “not long before the cycleways themselves get overloaded”…. what exactly would be the problem with that? That’s exactly the goal… that many cyclists would be so many people out of cars it would seriously improve congestion for other road users. You clearly don’t get it. William – what cycleways are causing congestion? Please name *one*.

  • Stop whining, this anti-cycling thing is so boring.

    I live and drive in the inner eastern suburbs, I never ride a bike, I always drive to work across the city to the inner west. My commute has not been made slower by the installation of the bike paths, I even drive up Bourke Street!

    I would cycle if there was cycling infrastructure across the city – I would then be one less car on the road.

    Most people that whine about the infrastructure don’t even live/commute in the areas cycleways have been installed.

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