At Bicycle NSW we seek to work collaboratively with the NSW Government to achieve better outcomes for all NSW bicycle riders. A great example of this was the recent March BicycleNSW Board Meeting when the three top executives of Transport for NSW attended – including Mr Tim Reardon, Secretary for TfNSW. A range of matters were discussed in an open two way conversation.Bicycle NSW presented five major recommendations to TfNSW:
1. Provide a stronger public awareness campaign on the new Minimum Passing Distance Rules.
Bicycle NSW have long supported the introduction of Minimum Passing Distance Rules, and commend the Government for the recent introduction of a two year trial. However, the present campaign is not cutting through, and will not achieve the objective of improving safety on our roads. We offered to work with Government on this improved campaign.We reiterated our reasoning behind our opposition to the fine equivalence and mandatory photo ID.
2. Plan and build comprehensive networks for cycling and walking – Sydney CBD.
The comprehensive “Active Transport Access to Sydney CBD” has been placed on theInfrastructure Australia Priority List. This plan for a co-ordinated network of cycleways across the 15 Councils close to the CBD addresses urban congestion. It has a very high benefit-cost ratio of 3.88:1 on a construction cost of $175 million.Bicycle NSW recommend that the Government fund and lead the Business Case Development in partnership with the Councils, and then co-fund the delivery within the next four years.
3. Plan and build comprehensive networks for cycling and walking – Newcastle CycleSafe Network.
The CycleSafe Network is a system of safe, easy to follow walking and cycling routes across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It has strong community and business support including from Newcastle Cycleways Movement, Heart Foundation, and University of Newcastle. It is estimated the project will cost around $100 million.Bicycle NSW recommend that the Government fund and lead the planning of this project in partnership with the CycleSafe Network supporters, and then co-fund the delivery within the next four years.
4. Ensure NSW has the mechanisms to deliver its policies for cycling and walking.
While the NSW Government has many individual plans and policies that recommend that active transport be considered when infrastructure is planned and constructed, the reality is that there has been an ad hoc approach to actual delivery.Bicycle NSW recommended that an overarching policy mechanism be developed and approved that requires cycling to be incorporated into the planning and delivery of all major transport projects.Over the coming year we will continue to lobby the NSW Government on these matters and other matters so as to build a better environment for cycling.
5. Tripartite Liaison with the Police Minister.
It was recognised and agreed by both Bicycle NSW and TfNSW that cyclists need to obey all road rules. It was also recognised by all parties that the more that people are positively encouraged to cycle – the better the outcome for all road users in NSW, particularly in Sydney. The positive outcomes being better journey times for all and the underlying health and environmental benefits from an active cycling transport initiative. Therefore it was agreed to arrange a tripartite meeting between BNSW,TfNSW and NSW Police to actively work with the Police to achieve this outcome, with our objective to move away from specific campaigns that may potentially scare off cyclists.