We advocated for more space for bike riding and our voices are being heard.
Bicycle NSW has been joined locally, and has joined with others nationally, in calling for more space for bike riding. COVID-19 pandemic measures have seen more people take to two wheels for exercise, and to travel whilst maintaining physical distance. With fewer cars on the roads new riders, families and owners of dusty bikes feel safer to pedal again.
Bikes Can Solve Physical Distancing Issues
Members have reached out to explain problems of local congestion in parks, on cycleways and shared paths.. As people return to work and education, the Premier and Transport Minister need to reduce public transport congestion, whilst maintaining physical distancing, without roads grinding to a halt.
Government Announcement For Bike Riders
Last week we wrote about the Streets as Shared Spaces Grant scheme that provides a $15 million fund councils can apply to in order to deliver projects to provide more space for walking, cycling and space for people. In addition, today’s announcement of $4 million of funding to provide 10.3km of pop up bike lanes in Sydney should help bike riders play a part in decongesting roads and public transport.
“Our members appreciate the positive impact of switching more travel to bike riding,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“We’re encouraged by this planned approach in parts of Sydney, and we encourage everyone to keep letting state and local government know what you need to ride safely,” said Bastien.
Anyone can go online and show local and state government what you want by clicking the link. This takes you to a map where you can drop a pin and share your ideas.