Bourke Street Cycleway: Will Clover Moore MP be out of Town Hall in 2012?
It’s an inconsistency, as many themselves ride bikes and agree with cycleways in principle.
Issues revolve around : safety, damage to the streetscape, and loss of on street car spaces
Many are angry because they are being made to pay the penalty for lost amenity while the rest of the city benefits.
Why wouldn’t they?
It’s dangerous for vehicles both using the street and turning across the cycleway - they are competing with cyclists riding at speeds of 30/40kph (going downhill) through 10kph shared zone intersections and ignoring red lights.
Bikers take no notice of cycleway pedestrian crossings making it hazardous, especially for family and elderly people.
Loss of over a hundred on street parking spots & and its now a very narrow road.
Getting door mirrors ripped off due to the reduced road width isn't helping locals accept the cycleway
Some residents are lobbying the new NSW Liberal Government for Bourke Street to be become one way, immediately.
This would reduce the number from two traffic lanes to one. And compensate for the too-narrow roadway
Recent State election shows angry voters may put the Lord Mayor out of Town Hall in the 2012 City Council elections.
With a 13.5% swing against independent Clover Moore MP it’s a real possibility.
Clover Moore’s primary vote was 36.3% versus Liberal Adrian Bartel's 36.2%, and just 54 primary votes more than the Liberals
It was not an "overwhelming mandate" for the inner city cycleways network!
Shayne Mallard might even be the new Lord Mayor in 2012