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Campaigns and Advocacy

For those interested in lobbying, letter writing, emailing for better facilities or fixing up problems.

Location: Leichhardt
Members: 15
Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2016

Discussion Forum

Council Budget for 2014/15

Started by Bob Moore Mar 28, 2014. 0 Replies

See discussion on the Forum on the Home Page for more details,…Continue

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See Click Fix!

Started by Bob Moore Jul 16, 2013. 0 Replies

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Leichhardt Bicycle Advisory Committee

Started by Bob Moore May 9, 2011. 0 Replies

Next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 630 pm at the Town Hall. Enter by side door off Marion St. If riding, can park bikes inside, but bring a lock. Usually finish about 9pm. Agenda…Continue

Tags: leichhardt bicycle strategy, leichhardt bike plan, bac, LBAC

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Comment by Bob Moore on June 7, 2013 at 23:47
In my best T shirt,
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/inner-west-ge...

Article about Council calling for public bike share scheme.
Comment by Bob Moore on May 30, 2013 at 23:04
As well as the petition, which has over 400 signatures now, comment on the draft budget can be made by emailing Council as per the details on this page.
http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2013/2...

Just need to say Keep the Bike Budget, don't cut it as proposed, and any other comment you want to add. Can include the Mayor in the address list, dbyrne@lmc.nsw.gov.au
Comment by Bob Moore on May 26, 2013 at 17:37
Carryover figure is exaggerated, as some projects not done out of previous budgets are slated for completion in May or June. No reason to cut the entire budget, given the work the staff and committee have put in over the years, and growing expectations from the community for better cycling facilities and active transport. Even the federal member Mr Albanese has written articles (in Punch)in favour of cycling over cars. The Council has got the makings of a good network, but needs to get full value for money already spent by continuing with the Bike Plan, but it probably
needs updating, since it was done in 2005-6. To suddenly chop the budget, without any discussion, is a slap in the face for the community. At least they could have attended the BAC in May and told us of their concerns.
Comment by Bill Holliday on May 26, 2013 at 14:10

"Bike plan carryovers this financial year are likely to
exceed $500,000. As such, defer the 2013/14 Bike Plan
budget of $400,000, leaving $500,000 available for Bike
Plan works in 2013/14"

Why has there been a carry-over of half last year's allocation and why is a bike budget that only provides quaint little blue signs and road painted bike stencils so enormous? I thought bike riding was supposed to be the cheap, ecologically-sensible transport solution.

My experience of sitting through many BAC committee meetings is that the Council Staff and some Councillors want to prevent bicycles taking over the roads. To that end they try to divert the budget into harmless dead ends while ignoring the needs of (particularly) commuter cyclists.

Examples of this are their stonewalling over bicycle-permeable oneway street closures (Renwick lane is one example), the Catherine Street Bridge route plans (that we didn't want) reappearing, phoenix-like and the attempt to offload onto the bike budget an expensive busbay in Lilyfield Road.

Oh and don't forget that the up-hill bike lane - downhill travel lane policy that Bob managed to get accepted as the new way to do on-street bikelanes (eg Booth Street and Lilyfield Road) is now being ignored at the Moore Street bridge.

The plain fact is that cyclists are invisible on the political radar. They never complain, write letters or hold demonstrations. We are just mobile speed humps on the Council's roads.

This budget is sure to go through. Perhaps we should be glad that road resheeting receives an extra $200,000, at least we get a smoother ride.

Comment by Bill Rayner on May 25, 2013 at 12:27

Thank for the opportunity Bob, the current

council seems to be seriously at odds with the rest of the civilised world.

Cheers

Bill

Comment by David Borella on May 23, 2013 at 11:26

Hi team. 

Count me in for kicking the can...

db

Comment by Bob Moore on May 23, 2013 at 11:15
After 6 years of cross party support for the Bike Plan and a steady level of funding every year ($400K), the new LibLab coalition has proposed cutting the budget to zero. They have left previously approved funding for carryover items from previous years, so some works will continue, but very disappointing to see nothing for new projects, like an upgrade to Whites Ck and Hawthorne Canal. Please write to the Mayor expressing need to reverse this decision. The final budget decision will be made at end of June I think, so time to lobby Councillors.
Comment by Bob Moore on May 16, 2013 at 9:04
Current issues are Booth St S bend, where council intends to put in a compulsory bike lane on a tight inside corner, with risks of crashes or close contact with vehicles. See Battle of Booth St in the Forum.
Also talking to council about Lilyfield Rd, where they are planning a new line marking scheme, with a wider bike lane on the uphill sections and share the lane on the downhill sections. We think this is good, but a few details to sort out.
There is a plan for contraflow access across Catherine St rail bridge, which has led to quite a bit of discussion.
Also a plan for better access at Robert St in Rozelle. See Forum discussion "Robert St Circus".
BL is involved in discussions in all these plans.
Members can assist by providing feedback on these issues, writing to Council in support of improvements, and turning up to BAC meetings if they want to participate in ongoing implementation of the Council bike plan.
Comment by Bob Moore on November 28, 2010 at 19:50
Current things that LBUG advocates have been writing submissions or lobbying about are Callan Park Masterplan, Cruise Ship Terminal access in White Bay, The Greenway and Light Rail Extension, Johnston Creek cycleway in Annandale, Dot Lane behind the Forum, and sundry items from the Council's Bike Strategy as they come up for implementation. We are also advising Council on where 500 bike racks should go, so if you have a location you think needs a bike rack let us know, and also the Council. (leichhardt@lmc.nsw.gov.au)

A few of us attend the Bike Strategy meetings (3 or 4 times a year) and the Traffic Committee (monthly) where we generally get a good hearing these days. The Council officers are willing to consult in general, although a few things sneak through that we might have been able to provide some useful comment or object to.

Next streets to be "treated" for the council's bike routes are Nelson and Young Sts in Annandale, and Robert Johnston and I had an on site meeting at Robert St in Rozelle the other day to discuss plans for a better connection to Robert St off the shared footpath down from Victoria Rd.

If there are any budding advocates out there who want to help, have a read of the stuff under Campaigns on the top bar and take up an issue or two, or add your own. Come to the next Bicycle Committee meeting in 2011.

You can email council, talk to councilors etc about these issues or ask questions here if you wonder what the problem is or what a solution might be. Report any cycling hazards like potholes or poor surfaces or cars blocking bike lanes or missing bike route signs etc directly to Council on 9367 9222.
 

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