Normally a clean-up is a dreaded chore after Christmas, but we think you’ll share our excitement as we anticipate this one.
Part of delivering on our ‘safe home’ policy pillar is ensuring that existing roads and infrastructure are fit for riding on. Potholes, encroaching foliage, gravel, poor line-marking, unsafe grills can all contribute to crashes, and we know members need improvement urgently in many areas.
State road maintenance is contracted to large companies, and Bicycle NSW was invited by LendLease to advise on issues for riders if their application proved successful. We are pleased to share that the Connect Sydney partnership of LendLease, Tyco and Boral have been successful in securing the contract for the Harbour Zone of Sydney.
This represents an opportunity for Bicycle NSW to work with maintenance companies to help them recognize and address problems for bike riders that may previously have been overlooked, or considered low priority. We will also be looking for opportunities to showcase improvements and best practice, to assist other contract managers and riders throughout NSW.
“Improving road maintenance has the potential to prevent crashes and make a significant difference to rider safety,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“This is a clean-up we are looking forward to, and we will let you know more details in the New Year,” said Bastien.
In the meantime, we remind riders to look out for debris, flooding and damaged roads across NSW due to recent and forecast storms and rain.