In welcome news, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has backed down on radio this morning from his bold proposal to 'ban bikes' on three major Melbourne streets (see the story here: Herald Sun & The Age).
Bicycle Network's General Manager of Government and External Relations Chris Carpenter said that any talk of banning bikes is a dead end street.
“The Council has previously agreed that Flinders Street should be a priority bicycle route. So this shift in view by the Lord Mayor is quite odd," Mr Carpenter said.
“The Lord Mayor should be talking about where bikes are encouraged and prioritised.
“Of course there are some streets that are better to ride on than others. But what we want to see is all major cities across the nation support liveability and active travel.
“Few riders like riding on King and Lonsdale streets anyway. But until there is a complete bike network into the CBD, some riders are left without a choice."
Bicycle Network seeks to work with the City of Melbourne on improving the bike riding environment. Banning bike riders on specific streets would be an unprecedented move and would set Melbourne and Victoria back years in terms of liveability.
To quote Melbourne's Lord Mayor himself, “No great city in the world is trying to bring more cars into the centre,”….
gfinkelde wrote:We're obviosuly thinking about this the wrong way. It would clearly follow that anytime a person is killed or injured in a car, then that road is automatically unsafe for people in 2 tonnes of metal, and therefore cars should be bannedfrom travelling down there. They are just trying to create a cycling utopia - by default!!
Helen wrote:It just beggars belief and I'm so disappointed in Daniel Andrews. What a numpty.
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