iemma to scrap william street bike lanes

June 6th, 2006 Posted in Advocacy, Commuting

From AndrewD

As you will see from the SMH snippet from below the Premiere is scrapping the
bike lanes that we fought hard to keep. The only bike lanes in the city.

Roads reopen – but toll may be millions
Anne Davies State Political Editor and Jordan Baker – SMH
June 5, 2006
THE NSW Government will risk a multimillion-dollar damages suit to reopen 13
closed roads around the Cross City Tunnel to improve traffic flow and give drivers
alternative routes to the toll road.

The Premier, Morris Iemma, said the Government would go it alone after negotiations
with the tunnel operator reached a "total impasse" yesterday.

An extra general lane will be restored for eastbound traffic in William Street
by scrapping the cycleway;

Pedaller comments

Comment:
I think the biggest cycling culture story in Sydney at the moment is the future
of the new (let me say that again, new) William Street/Kings Cross Road bicycle
lanes. If we lose these bike lanes we not only lose one of the most useful
bicycle lanes in Sydney, we lose the only official east-west bike route through
the city to link up with the western suburbs. It also destroys the most useful
aspect of teh proposed Kent Street cycleway, ie, linking western suburbs with
eastern suburbs.
I've asked Shane Mallard, via a comment on his blog, for some Council feedback
about this, but I think its time we started getting Sydney Council , the RTA,
and Bicycle NSW to make some noise in protest over this proposal by Minister for
Roads Eric Roozendaal.

This might be a good time to distribute a few million of these

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What is the best way to stop this happening? How can people help?

STOP the removal of William Street bike lanes!!

Action is needed now to reverse the Premier's announcement on Monday (World Environment Day!) to remove the existing bike lanes on William Street to make room for an extra traffic lane.

    SMH 5/6/06: The Premier, Morris Iemma, said the Government would go it alone after negotiations with the tunnel operator reached a "total impasse" yesterday.  An extra general lane will be restored for eastbound traffic in William Street by scrapping the cycleway

Tell Mr Iemma why William Street should keep its bike lanes.

Your email to thepremier@www.nsw.gov.au (or post to: Morris Iemma MP, Premier of NSW, Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney 2000) could include mention of one or more of the following:

  • it is government policy to increase cycling
  • problems of air quality; safety; equity; health; sustainability; congestion; choice…
  • it is government policy that all major road infrastructure projects include comprehensive provision for bicycles (BikePlan 2010)
  • the Minister's Conditions of Approval for the Cross City Tunnel project require the RTA to build cycle lanes in William, Park and Druitt Streets and a connection to Pyrmont Bridge (ie. Kent Street)

Please take a moment to write now, and pass this message on.

Thanks!!
Fiona