Cyclists protest removal of cycleway in Sydney CBD
Cyclists came out in force on Sunday to protest against the state government's decision to remove a bike path from the city's central business district.
The government plans to remove the dedicated north-south cycleway on College Street in favour of a bus lane. It will be replaced by two new cycleways down Castlereagh Street and Liverpool Street.
More than 2000 cyclists use Sydney's College Street cycleway each day but that will not stop the NSW government from ripping it up.
Bicycle NSW chief executive Ray Rice criticised the government for failing to take into account cyclists' safety.
"What they haven't really considered is the 2000 riders per day who will continue to ride this area as it's the best route from the eastern suburbs to the Macquarie Street area."
"The government has proposed that riders should be able to use the Kent Street cycleway. Well, that's a bit like closing the Western Distributor to cars and telling the cars to use the Cahill Expressway. It's just not practical."
Mr Rice said cyclists held the protest "to show the government there are many, many riders who are concerned about safety issues".
Cycleways are simply a badge for generation snowflakes’ Green Agenda 21 virtue signalling. They are part of their ‘we hate cars because they use fossil fuel’ cause celebre led by lycra clad social justice warriors who want to ‘save the planet’.
As far as solving the more prosaic problem of traffic congestion in the inner cities cycleways are as useless as tits of the proverbial. Good on Sydney for showing some common sense at last. Let’s hope all cities follow suit and rip up these useless, money sucking wastes of time and effort.