CYCLING AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

- WHAT THE CANDIDATES ARE SAYING

 

Dear Reader,

Set out below are all the cycling related questions that are known to have been formally asked by Bike North Advocacy Groups of a number of candidates in the forthcoming Local Government Elections, and their responses as of this date, 4 September, 2017. 

The questions and answers are grouped under each Local Government Area (LGA) that has been approached by Bike North. At this stage, these are Hornsby, Kuringai, The Hills, North Sydney and Willoughby. Additionally, Darryn Capes Davis, our Communications Manager, who is standing as a Liberal candidate in the City of Parramatta, volunteered some responses to some suggested questions that I circulated earlier this month for use by our Advocacy Groups and I have included his responses.

I will be continuously updating this document over the next ten days with any further responses that I receive. So, if any other BN Advocacy Groups have asked cycling related questions of candidates in their area and they have been replied to but are not listed here, please let me know a.s.a.p. what has been asked and what the replies have been and I will include them in this document.

Finally, please note that not all candidates have been approached in each of the listed LGAs because the Electoral Commission has not provided email addresses for every candidate. Furthermore, not every candidate approached chooses to reply to our emails. I hope you find this document useful on the 9th September, 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Justin Holmwood, Advocacy Officer, Bike North

  

HORNSBY SHIRE COUNCIL

 

WHAT WE ASKED :-

 

Ms/Mr ……………………

‘A’ Ward (insert party name) Candidate for 

HORNSBY COUNCIL

 

 

Dear Ms/Mr ……………….,

 

Congratulations for standing as a candidate for election to Hornsby Council on Saturday 9th September which is a brave and honourable thing to do in our community and in our times.

 I am a long term resident of Hornsby Shire and, as a voter, I am naturally interested in the policies of all the candidates standing for office next month but I’m actually writing to you now in my capacity as Advocacy Officer for an organisation called Bike North Incorporated [or more simply, Bike North].

Bike North is a non-profit community based Bicycle User Group [BUG], affiliated with Bicycle NSW and Cycling NSW, whose membership area covers most Sydney metropolitan local government areas north and north-west of the Harbour. 

 Bike North’s aims are to promote the use of bicycles, promote road safety education and advocate appropriate outcomes for cyclists in our area [see our website http://www.bikenorth.org.au/ ]. In working towards these goals we liaise closely with local councils to advise on the design and implementation of local bicycle plans and on the construction of bicycle infrastructure.

 What our members are interested to know in the lead up to the forthcoming Hornsby Council elections are your views on whether bicycles have a role to play in addressing the Shire’s transport challenges and how that role might best be supported by Council. In this connection, I would appreciate your providing responses to the following questions which I will then relay to my organisation’s members before polling day so they know where you stand on the issue of bicycle transport in Hornsby Shire :-

•Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the Hornsby local government area ?

•Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the Hornsby local government area ?

•What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport ?

•What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within the Hornsby local government area ?

•What do you think the obligations are on Hornsby Council to facilitate bicycle transport within its local government area ?

 

Yours faithfully,

Justin Holmwood, Advocacy Officer

BIKE NORTH

 

WHAT THEY REPLIED :-

 

 

Nathan Tilbury, Liberal Candidate , ‘A’ Ward

Thanks for your email.

As I stated publicly at the debate on Tuesday evening, I am a big supporter of infrastructure for cycling across the board.

Thanks for your email.

Nathan Tilbury

  

Mick Smart, Independent Candidate, ‘A’ Ward

Questions and answers below 

Thanks, 

Mick

 

Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the Hornsby local government area ?    -      No

 • Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the Hornsby local government area ? 

-  Yes

• What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport ? 

- Bike lanes on primary roads , bike racks at train stations  

 • What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within the Hornsby local government area ? 

- lobby the state government to have bike parking at stations 

 • What do you think the obligations are on Hornsby Council to facilitate bicycle transport within its local government area ? 

 -  ensure it's got a policy in line with the Sydney metro bike plan 

 

Jarred Jordan, Independent candidate, 'A' Ward

Hi Justin,
 
Hope this helps!
 
Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the Hornsby local government area ? 
 
Yes. Growing up in Hornsby Heights meant riding my bike every afternoon with the neighbours, a habit which has followed me into adulthood.

Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the Hornsby local government area ? 
 
I thoroughly support bicycle riding for transport, to ease congestion, to ease pressure on parking infrastructure, as well as to decrease air pollution.
 
What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport ? 
What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within the Hornsby local government area ? 
 
I will not pretend to be the expert on riding in the Hornsby Community. Bicycle NSW and its user groups, as well as other bicycle advocacy groups have studied ways to facilitate increasing riding in the area, and increasing bicycle infrastructure.
 
These would be my first points of contact, and I would propose including their recommendations in budgets for infrastructure spending. Working with these groups would make sure that bicycle infrastructure was based on what is needed by the people who use it most.
 
I also believe that a major issue in Hornsby Shire is the Galston Gorge. Riders should be given access to gorge, and drivers need to understand that they share the road, because accidents continue to occur between bikes and vehicles. This would become a priority for my proposals on Shire infrastructure, because very serious accidents are likely.
 
Thanks,
Jarred Jordan
 

Joseph Von Bornemann, Labor candidate, ‘B’ Ward

 Good to hear from you and your support for bicycle riding. 

 My views.

The council needs a strong policy to encourage bicycle use and a budget to implement.

 All new development areas will be planned and required to have proper bike paths and facilities paid by the developers. Also shortcuts for bikes and pedestrians. 

 Existing Train stations and shopping centre to provide free lockable bike parking. 

An examination of existing roads to best locate new bike paths. Bike paths when possible to be built with a divide from the road. All civic planning to encourage pedestrians and bike use. 

Let me know if you having other suggestions 

Kind regards 

Joe von Bornemann 

 

Stacey Purcell, Greens candidate, 'B' Ward

Dear Justin, 
 
Thank you for contacting me about Bike North. 
 
I think cycling is fantastic. 
 
I personally have not regularly used a bicycle for transport since moving to the Hornsby Shire in 2010, however when I was growing up in Melbourne I rode a bicycle to school before moving within easy walking distance. I also spent 6 months in Japan using a bicycle to travel between my house and the train station and that period was eye opening to me as to how our society could be more friendly to cyclist commuters. My reason for not cycling since moving to Sydney is mostly due to a lack of confidence in my physical ability to do so (I'm exceedingly uncoordinated, lacking in a sense of balance and it's very hilly around here!) and a lack of bicycle lanes near where I live and some scary roads. 
 
I do support people using bicycles for transport in the Hornsby Local Government Area. 
 
As per the Greens policies, I am committed in my support of cycling to public transport and to want see cycling be utilised for convenient door to door travel in the Hornsby Local Council area. 
 
I feel that there could be more done to provide a bike network in the local council area. I would support more parking for bicycles, dedicated biking tracks, like the mountain bike trail, and also more the provison of biking lanes in Hornsby Local Council.  
 
Specifically, what I would do to find more about how I could facilitate bicycle transport within the Hornsby local government area would be to consult community stakeholders, including groups such as Bike North. 
 
I think the Hornsby Council is obligated to make decisions which improve the lives of its residents and benefit them, within the power and reach of the Local Government Act, using the rates taxpayers pay wisely. 
 
I think it's very common to promise the world during an election and not have a way on delivering any of it, and I do point out that council which is elected come September 9 is going to have many challenges due to a funding deficit due to the attempted merger with Ku-ring-gai.
 
That said, the local council can apply to the RMS / state government for funding to improve the biking network in the local government area which does ease some budgetary concerns. 
 
Yours,
Stacey Purcell. 

 

Justine Smillie, Labor candidate, ‘C’ Ward

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the questionnaire from Bike North.

1 Yes I am a frequent cyclist in the Hornsby local government area for both recreation and transport.

2 I absolutely support cyclists as a means of transport in and around the Hornsby LGA. My family all cycle and accordingly I am well aware of the benefits and risks associated with cycling around this area.

3 In my view the ideal situation is to have a separate bicycle lane to ensure complete separation of bicycles and cars. However, given the budgetary constraints facing Hornsby Council separate bicycle paths throughout the LGA is unachievable at this point. However, alternate and achievable infrastructure options that I would promote include:

a Lower speeds to on suburban streets to make both walking and cycling safer options.  I note that there is ongoing debate as to what speed should be adopted and this would be the determined by consultation with cycling advocacy groups, the community and experts;

b Shared pathways with appropriate signage and appropriate cyclist education programs regarding speed on such pathways and need to give way to pedestrians;

c Identified corridors for cycling with low cost traffic calming measures;

d Undertaking data analysis to identify bicycle crash clusters and applying a safe systems approach;

e Marked bicycle lanes on identified roads to ensure cars maintain a safe distance when passing cyclists;

f Appropriate signage on roads alerting drivers to the presence of cyclists;

g Investigate emerging road safety technologies to increase awareness to drivers of bicycle riders. For example vehicle activated signage at high risk locations such as Galston Gorge.

4 I believe that Hornsby Council does have an obligation to promote cycling within the LGA as a healthy and sustainable means of transport. Hornsby Council should review and release the Bicycle Plan and consult broadly with cycling advocates and community groups in relation to appropriate steps that can be implemented to ensure cyclists safety. As I have publicly stated on a number of occasions, Councils are at the coalface of creating connected, healthy and sustainable communities and cycling for transport is an integral part of this.

Cycling is an increasingly popular means of recreation and transport and this area has a lot to offer. Cycling tourism is booming, I personally have travelled both interstate and overseas to access good cycling routes with friends and family, including to the rail trails in Victoria, New Zealand and to some of the many great cycling routes in Europe. With hundreds of cyclists from around the Sydney metropolitan area visiting this area to cycle every week, there are opportunities for economic development that are currently not being recognised or promoted by Council.

I hope this information will be of assistance to your members. I would be happy to answer any further questions they may have. 

Kind regards

Justine Smillie

 

Monica Tan, Greens Candidate,  ‘C’ Ward

I was very happy and excited to receive your email as I do in fact ride my bicycle for transport in Beecroft and Cheltenham. 

To answer your questions:

1. Yes!

2. Yes!

3. More bicycle racks are clearly needed and I would be very keen to learn from you about the most urgent spots for new cycleways. 

4. Set up a meeting with you guys, hold a forum, actually take a ride throughout the Shire to experience the highs and lows for myself and chat to other councils that have done excellent work in this field (eg. City of Sydney)

5. Build more infrastructure, run biking campaigns in the community and advocate for cycling to become a more prominent part of Transport for NSW planning. 

You might like this recent photo of me letterboxing flyers with my bicycle in Cherrybrook!

Would be more than happy to chat to you further about this issue: [number withheld] I have CC-ed the lead candidate on our ticket Emma Heyde (I'm second on the ticket) who I'm sure would also love to chat to you: [number withheld]

Cheers

Monica Tan

 

The Hon. Philip Ruddock, Liberal candidate for Mayor of Hornsby

 

Thank you for your letter of 23 August. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss issues of mutual interest.

In response to your inquiry and questions I will comment in general terms.

My own cycling is problematic these days. Regrettably my heritage bike has not had much recent use. However my daughter commutes to work almost daily on her bike from where she lives in the Eastern Suburbs. My son in law married to my other daughter is a keen amateur cyclist and participates with members of his cycling club in longer distance races. Two years ago we watched him race with his brother in the Maratona in the Dolomites Italy.

As a Liberal I support choice in all endeavours including choice in transport. Obviously that should be the case in Hornsby Shire.

Infrastructure should be determined objectively in response to demand and priorities. Wide public consultation which I have promised, should enable community engagement on this important subject.

I am happy discuss at an appropriate time.

Kind regards,

Hon Philip Ruddock

 

KU RING GAI SHIRE

 

WHAT WE ASKED :-

 

Dear Councillor Candidates

I am writing to you as a representative of a very active community group on the North shore that has more than 500 members. Bike North Incorporated is a non-profit community based Bicycle User Group or BUG, affiliated with Bicycle NSW and Cycling NSW covering Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Sydney, The Hills & Ryde council areas. [see our website 
http://www.bikenorth.org.au/ ]

One of our main roles is to  explore how we can actively promote cycling by forming working groups to work with local councils to try and develop projects that will develop infrastructure that encourages walking and cycling in our local areas. We would like to encourage our members to vote for those candidates who are likely to support these goals.

Could you please complete the list of questions below to indicate  your knowledge and views on the NSW governments "Active transport policy"   and the development of walking and cycling as an  extremely important policy. We need candidates to show they are committed to supporting active travel and healthy mobility - people walking and cycling - by building protected infrastructure and providing better facilities and support for these activities. Thank you for nominating to become a councillor and taking an interest in local issues in the community.

Good luck  in the election.

Yours Sincerely
Secretary Bike North Inc.

Lyness Beavis

 

Questions for candidates in Ku Ring Gai local government election 2017.

Do you think cars are the solution to all of the transport needs of the Ku ring gai local government area?

If not, what other transport modes should be available within the Ku ring gai local government area and why?

Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the local government area?

Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the Ku ring gai local government area?

What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport?

What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within Ku ring gai local government area?

What do you think the obligations are on Ku ring gai Council to facilitate bicycle transport within the Ku ring gai local government area?

Are you aware of the Greater Sydney Planning Commission’s and the RMS transport plans for Sydney North Region? https://www.greater.sydney/north-district

What is your view on cycling fines, particularly riding on footpaths when road conditions are unsafe.

Some questions regarding cycling and walking in Ku ring gai

Ku ring gai council attracts a huge number of recreational and commuting cyclists. Bobbin Head Road and Kissing Point road, two important routes that cyclist use. Yet there not a safe cycle route that links these. Should council make submissions/apply for funding to develop these important regional cycling routes?

Should the local council try to provide alternative cycling routes to Pacific Highway as more cyclists use it, especially on the weekend.

Ku ring gai Council published a Bicycle Plan in 2012. Since publication of this plan only 8.9 kilometres of cycleway has been develop. Much of this is only markings on existing road facilities.

Do you feel this is an achievement that Ku ring gai council should be proud of when considering its commitment to the environment and sustainability ?

-- 

Regards

Lyness

 

WHAT THEY REPLIED :-

  

Geoff Turk, Independent candidate for Wahroonga Ward

 

Thank you for your email. 

I understand Bike North's interest in improving the bicycle infrastructure within the Ku RIng Gai council area as we have seen the numbers of riders increasing over the past decade because it's such a nice area for a weekend ride.

Unfortunately, although a decade ago the roads here were pretty quiet and often used for bike riding, learner-drivers and Sunday drives down to Bobbin Head, the State driven urban in-fill combined with Sydney's growing population have resulted in choked roads that were never designed for the traffic load they now carry, making it now quite dangerous for bike riders of all ages (as witnessed by the fatality on Kissing Point Road).  During peak hour, many side streets have simply turned into rat-runs as there are very few alternatives to Pacific Highway, Comenarra Parkway and Burns Road.  You also don't have to wander off the main road very far before you find narrow streets with an even narrower strip of pot-holed tar down the middle, no guttering, kerbing or footpath, just agricultural ditches at the side marked by white posts.   

All of which present danger to bike riders and yet, this is within a council municipality that's well over a hundred years old. (It was formed in 1906).  

From my own observations, previous councils have added some few signs for shared footpaths and some painted lines on some of the local roads.  They did construct a BMX track in East Wahroonga a couple of years ago, but the demographic of this electorate dictates that there aren't many that take advantage of the facility.  In fact, I believe this rather negligent attitude by multiple councils has been common across all forms of infrastructure in the recent past. 

The main reason I am standing with John Cronly as an independent is to address residents concerns in this respect, but while we continue to have Liberal Party candidates (or Liberal Party apparatchiks 'not officially endorsed' and pretending to be independent candidates), our funding will be directed by an uninterested party machine that believes it doesn't have to invest because it has a guaranteed walk-up to re-election.  I believe that the Liberal Party tends to view our Council as a safe stepping-stone to a State or Federal political career, as evidenced by their over-turning their own local branches local nominees in the recent past.  If we want to change this, then we need to exercise our voting power and get support behind some true independents who put the electorate's needs first..

While I don't currently have clear visibility of Council plans with respect to cycling, if elected, John and I will look into this and would be happy take input from Bike North on where existing routes are heavily transited by bike riders locally and the likely routes to enable the longer distance riders the ability to transit the area safely on their way Northwards to the Hawkesbury.

Thanks you again for your email,

Kind regards,

Geoff Turk, Independent candidate for Wahroonga Ward, Ku-RIng-Gai

 

Sam Ngai, Independent candidate, Roseville Ward (Group A)

 
Hi Lyness,
 
I do support the use of bicycles to move within the Local Government Area. In fact I used to cycle every now and then to church.
 
One night around four years ago I was cycling from East Lindfield to Killara when a bit of unevenness in the road caused me to fall over and hurt myself. I wheeled my damaged bike home and asked my wife to come out and help wipe off the blood with a towel. It took me several weeks/months to fully recover. I was out of work for two weeks and I had scars on my arms, my chest, and my legs. I still have scars to show today.
 
As a potential councillor I would be an advocate for improved road conditions. I would also be supportive of more initiatives for people to cycle to work or to cycle and park at their nearest train station.
 
I have yet to form a decision on the future of cycle ways in the Ku-ring-gai area. I want to see more done in the space, but to be honest I only decided to run for council five weeks ago, and have not yet had time to explore this aspect of policy. The next two weeks will be intense as I will be out campaigning and won't be researching any more policy. Regardless of the election outcome, I'd be willing to hear you out and give the matter more thought. No promises from me at this stage though. I only promise what I know I can deliver, so am not ready to commit to anything on the cycling area.
 
I believe that Ku-ring-gai and the State government need to do more in terms of exploring alternate ways for moving people to the major transport hubs. Bus services are great, sometimes I catch the train to the local station and then it only costs an extra 10c to complete the opal bus trip home. We need to see more public transport options so that people are willing to leave their cars at home, and to free up the roads for other users.
 
In the other even longer term, I believe that an uber-like network of self driving vehicles will replace our need for public transport. But we are taking about 2030 and beyond.
 
I'm sorry that I cannot give you a more detailed answer at this stage. I'm in the middle of campaign mode and this is as much of a response as I can give for now.
 
Kind Regards
Sam Ngai (Roseville Ward, Group A)

 

Chi Ming Shea, Independent candidate, Roseville Ward 

Dear Lyness,

 
Answers are in Blue [or italicised],
 

Do you think cars are the solution to all of the transport needs
of the Ku ring gai local government area?

  No

If not, what other transport modes should be available within
the Ku ring gai local government area and why?

 Bus or minibus

Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the local
government area?

 Yes

Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the Ku
ring gai local government area?

 Yes, if there is a bike path, because Ku-ring-gai's main traffic depends on the Pacific Highway, which is narrow and crowded. Bicycle riders and car drivers are not safe.

What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort
of transport?

  Building more railway, and connect M1 to M2.  And extend bicycle path.

What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle
transport within Ku ring gai local government area?

 Building more bicycle path

What do you think the obligations are on Ku ring gai Council to
facilitate bicycle transport within the Ku ring gai local government area?

 I need to find out when I become councilor

Are you aware of the Greater Sydney Planning Commission’s and
the RMS transport plans for Sydney North Region? https://www.greater.sydney/north-district

 Yes

What is your view on cycling fines, particularly riding on
footpaths when road conditions are unsafe.

 Depending on the situation, when the path is crowded, I think it is fair like a pedestrian crossing street with red traffic light 

Kind Regards

Chiming

 

THE HILLS SHIRE

 

WHAT WE ASKED:-

 

Subject: The Hills Shire Elections - Policy Information

Congratulations on being nominated to stand for election to The Hills Shire Council. The Hills is rapidly growing in both importance and population so will see very significant changes during the term of the next Council, which will have a significant impact on the quality of life in the Shire for decades to come.

I am both a voting resident of The Hills and also Convenor of The Hills Advocacy Group for Bike North Inc. Bike North is one of the largest Bicycle User Groups in NSW with over 550 members in northern Sydney, including The Hills. It is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation, affiliated with Bicycle NSW which organised 511 community rides covering over 225,000km, in the 2016-17 financial year mostly in northern Sydney, including The Hills.  In addition to organising rides, we operate council based advocacy groups which attempt to work with councils, RMS and all interested parties in making cycling better in northern Sydney.

We see cycling as having the potential to positively impact transport, pollution and health in The Hills and so contribute to a better quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses alike. This is supported by numerous surveys of “most liveable” cities across the world where the top 10 all have embraced cycling as a positive contributor to their society.

For further information on Bike North, please see our web site, www.bikenorth.org.au.

As a resident, and on behalf of Bike North members, I would like to seek clarification from you on your policies as they impact cycling in The Hills as follows:

1 What is your  policy on cycling and cycling infrastructure as a contributor to improving traffic issues in The Hills?

2 What is your policy on cycling and cycling infrastructure as a contributor to active recreation for residents and visitors in The Hills?

3 If elected, would you support, both financially and otherwise, the development of shared cycle paths along Norwest Boulevarde, Old Northern Road and Castle Hills Roads to assist in efficiently linking residents and businesses with the new Norwest Metro stations?

4 If elected, would you support, both financially and otherwise, the up-grading of existing bike plans to Austroad Guideline standards?

5 If elected, what would be your commitment to working with groups such as Bike North to identify and proactively move to connecting current disjointed cycling infrastructure to minimize disconnects?

Bike North will have a stand at the Zest Fest on Sunday 27th August and it would be good to have answers to these questions at that time. At other similar fairs we are often asked about cycling infrastructure development. I will be on the stand most of the day and so would be more than pleased to see any candidates for Council.

In anticipation, I look forward to your response on these matters.

Regards,

                Brian Lynne

                The Hills Shire Advocacy Group Convenor,

                Bike North Inc.

 

WHAT THEY REPLIED :-

 

Ray Brown JP, Building Australia Party candidate, Central Ward

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately with the limited time available I would not be able to conduct a full and proper investigation of your 5 points in order to provide a balanced viewpoint. Besides that we don’t have any policies at this stage but could do so after being educated.

My mantra in life has emanated from my time in Rotary and their ethic at that time was Do it once, Do it well, Build a Better Australia. 

I could be gratuitous here and say that I will fight for your rights but that would be hypocritical and it is not in my nature to be deceitful without understanding the issues and wider community affectations.

I will however categorically give an undertaking that should I be elected to Council as the Mayor or a Councillor, I will meet with you in order for you to educate me about your passion to contribute a better quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses.

My fellow candidates standing in each of the  Wards share the same ethic.

Thank you for reaching out to me.

Regards,

Ray Brown JP

Building Australia Party

Party Convener

Registered Officer

Party Secretary

 

Dr Michelle Byrne,  Liberal Party Mayoral Candidate for The Hills Shire

Hi Brian, 

How are you? This is Michelle Byrne, I know you have been meeting with Council Officers but I would be more than happy to meet with you as well and talk about your group and how we can work together going into the future. I will be at Zest Fest on Sunday but I am also more than happy to sit down with you over coffee next week (if that's better) to discuss these matters. 

I am no means a cycling expert but I am keen to work with groups such as yours to get the cycling infrastructure right and in the right locations. It does sadden me that groups such as the Hills Tri Club are training outside of the Hills LGA due to a lack of infrastructure in the Hills for them. With the exploding population in the Hills it is very obvious that we need to increase cycle ways and connectivity in order to move our growing population around not to mention the need to provide opportunities for residents to get outside and be active. 

Let me know if you would like to meet next week and we can organise a time.

Kind regards, 

Michelle,

Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayoral Candidate

 

Ajay Taneja, Independent candidate, North Ward

Hi Brian,

It was good to hear from you and appreciate the efforts you have put in raising your and bicycle user groups concerns. Firstly I must say I myself love bike riding and used to enjoy rides on cycle way that was purpose built alongside M7 until my knee started to play up. Back then we lived at Quakers Hill and enjoyed bike ride with my two kids virtually every evening.

There is no doubt that number of bike riders have increased many folds in last few years and so does the motor vehicle traffic. This is where the council need to work out a correct balance in development of infrastructure proportionately for both users which seem to be missing at the moment. In my campaign agenda this is one of the key issues - Prioritization of projects. Not able to prioritize the projects it results in millions of funds being wasted which otherwise could be used for other vital projects including completion of missing links in cycle paths.

If elected I can guarantee my full support to work along with you and your team to look into missing links in existing routes and future development of cycling infrastructure in North West corridor. But honestly it has to be based on merits of the case as I believe there is always a limited allocated fund for every cause. The reason I am contesting as an Independent candidate is as I want to raise concerns of my constituents in council meetings and follow them up until they get resolved.

I am more than happy to discuss with you in person and will try my best to see you on the day but unfortunately I am working this weekend from 8am to 4pm. If we can't make it on 27/8 we can catch up some other day and have a cuppa together.

Kindest Regards,

Ajay Taneja

  

CITY OF PARRAMATTA

 

WHAT WE ASKED :-

In an email to BN’s different Advocacy Groups on the 6 August, 2017 I said that “ LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS will be occurring throughout Sydney and many parts of NSW on the 9th September, 2017 and we need to get all candidates thinking about cycling issues within their local government areas. In so doing, it might be useful for each BN Advocacy Group to ask each candidate the following questions to gain some insight into their thinking and form an opinion on whether or not they are worth voting for [from a cycling point of view]  :-

 

•Do you think cars are the solution to all of the transport needs of the ………...…… local government area ?

•If not, what other transport modes should be available within ………….........and why ?

•Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the ……………...… local government area ?

•Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the  ……………...…….. local government area ?

•What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport ?

•What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within …………….………. local government area ?

•What do you think the obligations are on ………………….…. Council to facilitate bicycle transport within the ……………….local government area ? 

 

To which our own Darryn Capes Davis, BN’s Communications Manager, replied :-

 

Darryn Capes-Davis, Liberal Candidate, North Rocks Ward

Do you think cars are the solution to all of the transport needs of the City of Parramatta local government area?

No. Cars are not the be all and end all. Active transport options of walking & cycling and public transport need to be included the full mix of transport solutions for the City of Parramatta local government area. Public transport includes buses heavy rail and light rail

If not, what other transport modes should be available within City of Parramatta and why?

See above.

Have you ever used a bicycle for transport within the City of Parramatta local government area?

Yes. I use bicycles for transport and recreation nearly every day. I commute to work by bicycle. My daily commute is from Carlingford to Westmead, a distance of 7km. I also ride socially on the weekends. I am a member of Bike North and Bicycle NSW. I am the chair of the Bicycle NSW Advocacy Council and member of the Bicycle NSW Member Liaison Committee. I also sat on the past City of Parramatta Cycleways Advisory Committee, which has only just been dissolved for the council elections.

Do you support people using bicycles for transport within the City of Parramatta local government area?

Yes. I support active transport options where it makes sense for commuters. There are times when a commuter needs to use other forms of transport including their car, say if they need to do errands on the way to or from home and active transport is not a suitable option. At other times I support advocating for active transport. For example, when I have Saturday breakfast with my wife on Saturday, we walk 1.5km to the local North Rocks Shops rather than use the car. We may also shop and carry a few bags each on the way back.

What infrastructure do you think would best facilitate that sort of transport?

It is not sensible to say to anyone ‘Walk!’ or ‘Cycle!’ without providing appropriate infrastructure and education. Active transport starts with stepping out the door on two feet or on a bike. Education on how best to prepare yourself as far as gear, skills, awareness etc. always helps to make a commuter keep safe and avoid injury. Road related infrastructure is key as well – available and well maintained footpaths are critical for walkers, and appropriate cycle lanes and separated cycleways, where appropriate, are needed for bicycle riders. Once a commuter gets to their destination then appropriate end of trip facilities are required. For a bicycle rider these include bicycle storage and shower & change facilities for those who have travelled a bit further and worked up a sweat.

City of Parramatta has a comprehensive Bike Plan which I have reviewed as part of the City of Parramatta Cycleways Advisory Committee. Separated cycleways along east-west and north-south corridors are welcome in this plan. Also welcome are plans to separate walking and cycling paths on the Parramatta Valley Cycleway where possible, allowing commuting bicycle riders to not have conflict with walkers along the banks of the Parramatta river.

What would you do to find out how to facilitate bicycle transport within City of Parramatta local government area?

I would continue to support bicycle transport interests at all levels with my involvement in Bike North, Bicycle NSW and also seek to sit on the City of Parramatta Cycleways Committee as a Councillor.

What do you think the obligations are on City of Parramatta Council to facilitate bicycle transport within the City of Parramatta local government area?

A local government authority needs to facilitate local links for active transport including local footpath and cycleways. Where a cycleway link allows for regional commutes outside of the local government area, funding from other bodies need to be sort and advocated for. The prime bodies are State and Federal Governments. The NSW State Government has been very supportive of regional cycle links within the City of Parramatta with the latest Parramatta Valley Cycleway link at Subiaco Creek supported by its $4.5M Priority Cycleways program.

 

NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL

What we asked

Dear Councillor Candidate / Mayoral Candidate

I have had a very close association with the North Sydney area for the last 40 years and am also a member of Bike North, the local bicycle group, affiliated with Bicycle New South Wales. Bike North has worked with  North Sydney Council, other north-side councils and State authorities for many years, to help make our area a much more liveable and sustainable place to live. We provide expert advice on best practice cycle infrastructure and programs as they apply to our local area.

I would appreciate your responses to our questionnaire below which will enable us to better understand your position and understanding on cycling for transport in the North Sydney area. Your responses will be communicated to our members.

I wish you all the best in your campaign for Councillor.

  1. Do you ride a bike
  • For transport regularly (Y/N)
  • For transport occasionally (Y/N)
  • For recreation regularly
  • For recreation occasionally 
  1. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the North Sydney area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?
  1. Do you think North Sydney Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?
  2. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?
  3. For many years North Sydney Council has run community committees / references groups with respect to Bicycles / Pedestrians and Sustainable Transport.  These  community groups have representatives from the community and local bicycle / pedestrians groups such as Bike North. This meets just twice a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this group or a similar group continuing for the next Council?  Can you suggest ways these groups can be made even more effective in the future?
  4. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. This is the North Sydney to Spit route and is largely funded by the state government . Do you support the further rollout of high quality cycleways of this type
  5. The state roads authority have told us that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for close on the last 10 years and yet still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?
  6. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway just on the border between North Sydney and Willoughby. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street in Cammeray safely and easily?

What they replied

Zoe Baker – Mayoral and Wollstonecraft Ward Councillor Candidate and Leader of North Sydney Independent team

Dear Carolyn,

Good morning.  Please find below my answers to each of your questions on behalf of myself and the North Sydney Independent team.  Many of us ride bikes recreationally and some for commuting, whilst others are enthusiastic walkers.  

Regards
Zoe

1.      Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N)

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N) ZB: Yes 

ï        For recreation regularly ZB: Yes

ï        For recreation occasionally 

 

2.      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the North Sydney area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?

ZB:  Traffic congestion is the one of the biggest transport issues in North Sydney.  As you know, Council has adopted a Transport Strategy that provides for a modal hierarchy prioritising public transport, pedestrians, cycling and freight with private vehicles as the lowest priority.  I support the strategy.  Bicycles are inherently part of any sustainable transport policy and solution.

3.      Do you think North Sydney Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?

ZB: Yes and have actively worked towards that through advocating, adopting and funding a Cycling Strategy with plans for routes that are linked to Council's 10 year delivery programme.  As a result, all of the recent cycling infrastructure works are being minimum 50% funded by RMS.

4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

ZB:  The best way Council can contribute is via providing safe and effective cycle infrastructure and through supporting and providing community education.

5.      For many years North Sydney Council has run community committees / references groups with respect to Bicycles / Pedestrians and Sustainable Transport.  These  community groups have representatives from the community and local bicycle / pedestrians groups such as Bike North. This meets just twice a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this group or a similar group continuing for the next Council?  Can you suggest ways these groups can be made even more effective in the future?

ZB: Yes, I support the continuation of these Reference Groups which have helped to assist and shape Council sustainable transport policy.  We remain committed to supporting robust community participation in shaping Council policy.

6.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. This is the North Sydney to Spit route and is largely funded by the state government . Do you support the further rollout of high quality cycleways of this type

ZB: Yes.

7.      The state roads authority have told us that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for close on the last 10 years and yet still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?

ZB: Yes.  In addition, Council must lobby the State Government to incorporate cycling infrastructure as part of any new road infrastructure.

8.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway just on the border between North Sydney and Willoughby. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street in Cammeray safely and easily?

ZB: Yes, I strongly support linking of bike routes between local government areas.

 

Jessica Keen – Mayoral and Councillor (Victoria Ward) Candidate and Leader of Community Unity Team 

Many thanks for your email and the chance to respond to your questions.  I have a attached a group response from the CommUnity 1st Team.
Happy to discuss in further detail.

1.      Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N) N
ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N) N
ï        For recreation regularly N
ï        For recreation occasionally Y

 2.      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the North Sydney area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution

Traffic congestion due to a lack of road infrastructure. Separated cycleways will help alleviate slow moving traffic behind bicycles and improve safety for cyclists.

 3.      Do you think North Sydney Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths? 

We should provide safe cycling facilities and encourage cycling as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. 

 4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

Make it safer. Provide maps of dedicated low impact cycle routes, ideally through parks.

  5.      For many years North Sydney Council has run community committees / references groups with respect to Bicycles / Pedestrians and Sustainable Transport.  These community groups have representatives from the community and local bicycle / pedestrians groups such as Bike North. This meets just twice a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this group or a similar group continuing for the next Council?  Can you suggest ways these groups can be made even more effective in the future?

Our policy strongly supports greater consultation and communication with the community and the many diverse groups that make our community special. We are looking to reinvigorate the Precinct system to make them a strong conduit between the Council and the community. We see groups such as Bike North and others with a specific local interest as part of a broader scope for the Precinct Committees.

  6.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. This is the North Sydney to Spit route and is largely funded by the state Government. Do you support the further rollout of high quality cycleways of this type?

Separated cycleways are the safest option for cyclists and reduce traffic slow-down. 

 7.      The state roads authority have told us that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for close on the last 10 years and yet still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?

Yes. Your issue is a classic example of the lack of communication and trust between the Government and the Council. We need to maintain pedestrian/cycle separation on this route and it is part of Council’s role to advocate with Government on behalf of the community. Let’s stop the mucking around and get it built.

8.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway just on the border between North Sydney and Willoughby. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street in Cammeray safely and easily?

 Certainly. We believe there is a need for a complete review of the Council’s traffic management policies, both vehicle and cycles, to make our streets safer for everyone. 

 

Kyle Rollinson – Councillor Candidate Tunks Ward (Ungrouped)

Hello, happy to Answer some questions.

1: I used to ride a bike regularly, but haven't ridden a bike in a long time.

2: I'm not aware of any major transport issues, but I would like to put together a proposal for a network of bike paths to get around north Sydney with locking stations at regular intervals.

3: Yes, but encouragement should come after the bike paths are built.

4: Build a network of bike paths that are useful to people traveling moderate distances regularly, with locking stations at regular intervals, and have a bike shop(or more than one depending on the size of the network) that makes repairs and takes care of any other bike needs, And have signs and maps along the bike paths letting people know where to go.

5: Yes, and that group should have more meetings. Improving transport is a priority for the local council to be proactive about.

6: yes, i see no reason to stop at this time.

7: The local council should design one itself and it should be a network of bike paths that help residents with travel where they need to go like the one I described in questions 2 and 4.

8: Sound like a good idea, but I wont give a definitive answer until i know more about the issue.

If you would like to speak with me further, send me a text message and I'll call you. - 0431 486 686

 

Lisa Middlebrook – Councillor Candidate  Wollstonecraft Ward

I have attempted to answer your questions below... in orange bold

I speak only for myself, as you know we are independents, so we do not have a "party line", however I would work closely with Zoe Baker and I agree with her on many points regarding this issue. 

1.      Do you ride a bike

·        For transport regularly (Y/N)

·        For transport occasionally (Y/N)

·        For recreation regularly

·        For recreation occasionally 

 Unfortunately, I have a chronic injury that doesn't allow me to ride a bike comfortably.  However, I do use a push scooter regularly, and I have done for both transport and leisure.   I also don't agree with compulsory helmet laws. 

2.      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the North Sydney area and what do you think is the best way to address it?  Simply the number of people that need transport.  The number of people walking, standing at bus stops, and people in vehicles at peak hours in North Sydney, on Military Road and other places. 

 Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?

YES, I believe we need as many transport options as possible to accommodate the sheer number of people coming into the area. 

 3.      Do you think North Sydney Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?

 4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

Subsidise bike ownership, subsidise public transport with your bike.  The Council should work with state government to encourage ANY innovative transport options. 

5.      For many years North Sydney Council has run community committees / references groups with respect to Bicycles / Pedestrians and Sustainable Transport.  These  community groups have representatives from the community and local bicycle / pedestrians groups such as Bike North. This meets just twice a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this group or a similar group continuing for the next Council?   YES, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with this group on a regular basis. 

Can you suggest ways these groups can be made even more effective in the future?

6.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. This is the North Sydney to Spit route and is largely funded by the state government . Do you support the further rollout of high quality cycleways of this type

YES. 

7.      The state roads authority have told us that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for close on the last 10 years and yet still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?      Absolutely YES, but to be honest the lift at the north end of the bridge is a higher priority, that is if financial pressures force a choice between one or the other. 

8.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway just on the border between North Sydney and Willoughby. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street in Cammeray safely and easily?

 YES, I can understand the frustration if you are a cyclist actually trying to cycle to work.   I would encourage your cycling group to help come up with figures and a presentation that can put the case to the state government while Gladys Berejiklian is in the top job.  There will be a window of opportunity when she is up for re-election. 

 

WILLOUGHBY CITY COUNCIL

WHAT WE ASKED

Dear Candidate Name

I am a long term resident of the Willoughby area and also a member of Bike North, the local bicycle group, affiliated with Bicycle New South Wales. Bike North has worked with Willoughby Council, other north-side councils and State authorities for many years, to help make our area a much more liveable and sustainable place to live. We provide expert advice in best practice cycle infrastructure and programs as they apply to our local area.

I would appreciate your responses to our questionnaire below which will enable us to better understand your position and understanding on cycling for transport in the Willoughby area. Your responses will be communicated to our members.

I wish you all the best in your campaign for Councillor.

  1. Do you ride a bike
  • For transport regularly (Y/N)
  • For transport occasionally (Y/N)
  • For recreation regularly
  • For recreation occasionally 
  1. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?
  1. Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?
  2. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?
  3. For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee?
  4. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?
  5. The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?
  6. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby?

 

 

WHAT THEY REPLIED

Wendy Norton – Middle Harbour Ward – Group B

  1. Do you ride a bike
    1. For transport regularly (Y/N) No
    2. For transport occasionally (Y/N) No
    3. For recreation regularly No
    4. For recreation occasionally Not recently
  2. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution? Congestion around the CBD, intersection of Fullers Road and Pacific Highway and also at the Eastern Valley Way/Smith St intersection.  Need better bus services to encourage less car use.  Bicycles would be more used if there were more facilities to leave bikes at transport nodes. That would be part of the solution.
  3. Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths? Yes
  4. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding? Education and making it safe.  If shared paths were wide enough, bikes and pedestrians could co -exist better.
  5. For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee? Yes.  I am currently the chairperson.
  6. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build abridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily? Yes
  7. The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years? Yes
  8. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby? Good idea, would like to know where it is proposed to be built.

 

Audrey Chan – Middle Harbour Ward – Group C

Dear Carolyn,

Thanks a lot for your email which gives me much information about bike riding. My family and I did a lot of bike rides when we were living in The Hague years ago. The  environment there is much different from here as most places are flat and bike parkings are everywhere. Now I do walking a lot, anywhere within 40 mins walking distance one way, I give up my car and walk, even to do light shopping.

Certainly I support all ways of environmental friendly transportation if possible when the fund is available.

Best regards, 

Audrey Chan.

 

Christine Tuon – Naremburn Ward – Group A

Thank you for your email.

I do not ride a bike but understands the importance of safety for the bike riders.
I think the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area would probably be a lack of car park and congestions in general and Willoughby Council can look into the possibility of encouraging bike riding.

I would support the continuation of the Bicycle Committee into the next Council and advocate for the safety and convenience for bikes and pedestrians as a workable solution.

I would also raise your group's concern about the proposed North Shore Cycleway that has been promised but not delivered.

Finally I believe that Willoughby Council can look into the North Sydney Council's initiative in greater details and conduct a community consultation should the need arise.

 

Max Underhill – Naremburn Ward – Group B

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your questionnaire.  See comments embedded below.  Bicycles were an important part of my family life especially when the children were younger and often used bikes to get to school. 

My time with DMR/RTA saw the introduction of bikeways into road planning.

  1. Do you ride a bike
    1. For transport regularly (Y/N)
    2. For transport occasionally (Y/N)
    3. For recreation regularly
    4. For recreation occasionally Yes (have ridden regularly in the past especially when children were younger)
  2. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? The origin of the traffic issues in Willoughby go back to 1972 when NWF was abandoned and Willoughby became a "traffic neck".  Integrated Public transport plan needs to be developed (I was involved in getting a transport and traffic Liasion group formed for chatswood last December but cannot see any work it has produced).  Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?  Yes bike paths need to be part of people movement plans e.g. Can children ride to school from unit developments
  3. Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?  See above also proper parking/protection of bikes at transport points.
  4. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?  If the safe planned paths for movement to say transport points are available we believe it will encourage people. This is in addition to recreational use.
  5. For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee?  I am a civil engineer with traffic and transport experience and bicycle transport is an integral part of this so yes and any sources of local expertise are a great resource.
  6. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?  I think my comments on planning above would support completion of a planned path.  Was a bridge part of the original plan?  I would need to get more details but safe access is an integral part of any planned path that will attract people to use it. 
  7. The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?  I am not familiar with this but sounds like it fits in with my comments above.  My track record is lobbying (state gov) and I intend to continue this.  I attended a number of consultations with Greater Sydney Commission including the Social Panel where bike issues were discussed (and hopefully this came through in the final planning)
  8. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby?  Not aware of this but certainly support the separation especially cycles and vehicles where possible.

 

Stuart Coppock – Naremburn Ward – Group D

1 yes not in Sydney traffic

2 traffic congestion and local cross city traffic vs commuter through city traffic

No unless a lot of dedicated land is provided for cycleways

3 dedicated yes

4 happening 

5 yes there is a floating proposal back on table now merger off to abolish all advisory committees not in favour GM keen to see it happen

6 7 8 yes

 

Simon Fuller – Naremburn Ward – Group E

Thank you for efforts with Bike North and your interest in local council matters.  If only more people took an interest in our community.

1.      Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N)

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N)

ï        For recreation regularly

ï        For recreation occasionally 

Define regularly.

In Spring, Summer and Autumn I have regularly ridden to work on my bicycle.  Winter - not so much.  It's a lovely ride through Lane Cove River Park.

I regularly ride to my Church in the city from my home in Artarmon on Sundays.

If the weather is agreeable I regularly ride for enjoyment and fitness.  On Sunday I rode from Artarmon to Artarmon in a 35km? loop over Gladesville Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge/Rozelle bay loop, Anzac Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, etc. with a stop at the fish markets to get some prawns.

My wife and I recently had a beautiful cycling holiday in Japan; Kyoto to Izumi (Kagoshima pref.)  430km.  Highly Recommended!!

 
2.
      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?

Is this a trick question?

There are so many big problems.

Too many cars on the road.  Not enough road space.  Not enough money to build more road space.  Pollution from all the cars/trucks/busses.
The new Northern Beaches Motorway will cost $14 billion and require a 35 meter tall exhaust stack belching out 6 lanes of pollution over Artarmon.

The RMS only know how to build roads (when you are holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail)

A new metro line to the Northern Beaches would move 45,000 people per hour at a fraction of the cost of the motorway, AND with less pollution AND it would increase property values wherever a station is located.

The new motorway will connect to the already congested Gore Hill motorway.

So, in summary the biggest issue is bad transport planning by people who only only think of one solution.

A metro style network with bicycles for the 'last mile' station to home trips has been proven to work in major cities around the world.

 

3.      Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?    Yes.

Willoughby Councillors and infrastructure planning officers should be *encouraged* to ride bicycles to work/council regularly and then they will understand the problems and needs of cyclists and see the benefits to the community.

Willoughby Council should not employ any planning officer who does not walk or ride a bicycle to work regularly.  Planners who only drive a car do not plan for any other transport mode.  This is why we have 20 metre long 'cycle' lanes, road 'calming' devices that force cars and cyclists together. roads that are unsafe for cyclists, insufficient bicycle infrastructure.

 

4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

Build bicycle friendly infrastructure that works.  Bike paths that connect to where people want to go.  Have you tried cycling into Chatswood CBD or North Sydney CBD?  The bike paths just end.

Basically you need to make cycling safe.  Bike paths, bike lanes separated from cars and trucks.

Council needs to stop wasting money building ginormous car parks.  This just encourages car use ... which then causes traffic congestion and more pollution.

 

5.      For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee?

Yes.

Yes.

I think the council needs to do more.  It needs to get it's officers on two wheels.  It needs to get the councillors on two wheels to see for themselves the lack of action to support cycling.

 

6.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?

Yes.  I ride that route regularly.  It's bad planning and design by people who don't cycle themselves.

 

7.      The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?

Yes, but while they are spending billions on new motorways, they aren't likely going to have the money to build cycleways.

I want to pressure the government into building metro lines instead of motorways -  to get more people moving, to save money, to reduce pollution.  

And then we'll have the money and willingness to build cycleways everywhere.

 

8.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby?

It's a fantastic idea.

Willoughby should be building something similar.

At the moment, cycle infrastructure doesn't connect to CBDs ... and that's crazy!  That's where bicycles can do so much to reduce traffic and pollution!

So many people in Japan cycle.

One of the things that encourages the Japanese to cycles is a road law that says if a vehicle hits a cyclist, it is automatically deemed to be the fault of the driver.  Drivers are extra careful around cyclists and it is so safe to cycle even in the busiest Japanese cities.

 

Nic Wright – Naremburn Ward – Group F

Thanks for the email. I'll attempt to answer your questions in the order you've asked but if you need further clarification, please just ask. 

1. I ride my bike for transport and recreation both occasionally. My day job is in the city, so when I have the chance (usually when I've an excuse not to wear a suit) I'll ride from my home in Naremburn. Recreationally, I'm trying to train for a triathlon so I probably should be riding more often.

2. Parking is the biggest issue which I've been looking to address with a parking scheme during my 5 years on council, however obviously this issue is greatly helped by more cycling/cyclists. 

3. Absolutely. 

4. Providing safe and accessible bike paths, more public facilities to store bikes are the easiest ways council could help. It's great to see the slow migration of the new hire bikes (Sydney's Boris Bikes) over towards the north shore, which makes cycling more accessible and convenient - it'd be nice however if the state government would look at relaxing helmet laws which I think is the biggest impediment. 

5. I support the committee continuing, but would not like to serve on it. I believe the committees work best without councillor participation, but as an advisory group to councillors. 

6. Absolutely. I live on Rhodes Ave (off brook St) and watch this dangerous crossing everyday. Something needs to be done urgently. 

7. Yes. 

8. It'd be great to see a similar initiative in Willoughby City and i hope the next council watches the results of Nth Sydney's trial closely. I've always favoured the idea of a dedicated bike path along the train line to connect the north shore with a safe cycling track which could feed into the current cycling infrastructure - obviously this is something that would require work with the state government, transport for NSW, and other councils but would be an amazing initiative for WCC to champion. 

Rachel Hill – Sailors Bay Ward – Group A

1.      Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N)

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N)

ï        For recreation regularly

ï        For recreation occasionally - yes but both my neighbours ride to work and in fact I introduced my neighbour to our bicycle committee so he can shape our decision making.

 2.      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution? 

Road congestion and parking issues are the biggest issue in the area and we are looking at various solutions. Cycling as a mode of transport and allowances for lanes and linking pathways are considerations. Bicycles are most certainly part of the solution along with car share arrangements and a reliable public transport system.

 3.      Do you think Willoughby Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?

 Absolutely. We actually have a very effective committee of experts. I was Chair of the committee for 2015/16 and they were brilliant! In fact I probably wasn't needed they were so good. Obviously their efforts are ongoing but the feeling was we as a council have made significant improvements for riders and we continue to look for opportunities.

4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

 We are failing to encourage our youth to see riding as a preferred mode of transport. Obviously parents are protective to a certain age but if we can promote a safe alternative to public transport and driving to young adults than we could increase the number of Riders.

5.      For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee?

 Yes. I have served on this committee. They are amazing. 

6.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?

Absolutely. For what it is worth. Problem is at the moment we have to be careful cause the state government are looking for sweeteners due to the northern beaches tunnel so I would be careful to accept the exit at the cost of another exercise. This would need to be approached carefully with our state member.

7.      The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?

 Our State member is the best person to approach on this matter as she has the power to create the change. I would be happy to support the approach though.

8.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby?

If we can we should. Let's investigate!

 

Gail Giles-Gidney – Sailors Bay Ward – Group B

Thank you for the email. It is nice to know that our work in building cycleways is being supported by our community.

Traffic and parking is the topic most raised with me by constituents. Cycleways is a great way to reduce traffic congestion and I support that. 

I would like to see the community more engaged in feeding back their requirements regarding cycling in the city so while I am supportive of the work of the bicycle committee, I believe we can do a better job with engaging our cycling community. This may for example be in the form a forum style of event attracting input from a large range of users.

You raise some interesting questions regarding Local Council and the interaction with the State Government. I have regular meeting with the Premier and I would be happy to include your concerns in one of our meetings.

 

Hugh Eriksson – Sailors Bay Ward – Group B

Thank you for your email. I am happy to provide a general comment to the questions asked.

"As a current Willoughby City Councillor who has served on the bicycle committee both as a general member and as it chairperson over the last 5 years, I support Council in its efforts to support and build pragmatic bicycle infrastructure that works in with motor vehicle traffic while at the same time not reducing on street car spaces for residents. If re-elected I will continue to work with Council officers to ensure we continue to roll out bicycle infrastructure that encourages people to ride to work or for general pleasure."

 

Craig Campbell West Ward – Group A

Thanks for reaching out—happy to help as best I can.  

  1. Do you ride a bike  Yes

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N)  No—unfortunately my working commute takes me to Wetherill Park, so while there are some excellent bike tracks around the M7, the sheet distance of 55km each way makes it impractical on a daily basis.

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N)  Yes – generally when I’m doing local shopping in good weather (and have small packages to carry!)

ï        For recreation regularly  Yes – I’m a mountain biker—have been since my younger days in Colorado.

ï        For recreation occasionally Yes – see above—I also try to ride with the kids as much as I can (they are primary school aged)

  1. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?  There are many transport issues, and all of them have some sort of local context.  As I see it, the overarching need is to add some logic to the flow of traffic (of all types).  Expecting people to forego vehicles is wishful thinking- I think a better solution is to plan to allow for good, logical flow of vehicle traffic so that areas can become less congested.  This would decrease the overall aggression of the traffic, which would have a positive effect on bike traffic.  That said, where possible, I support adding infrastructure for dedicated bike paths (see below), as I think for local transport, bikes can and should be a part of the answer.
  1. Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?  Yes.  Philosophically, I believe the council should not preach or coerce behaviour, but rather encourage via providing good options.  In the case of bicycles, this takes the form of dedicated bike baths.  Bike lanes on roads are fine, but to be honest, I never feel safe in them (this is why I am a mountain biker rather than a road biker—I’d rather take my chances with the rocks and trees than the vehicular traffic).  Also, when I was younger, I lived in Copenhagen, and I can tell you that they really do bike paths well.  The key to it was dedicated lanes and coordination with signals at intersections.  Also, there was an overall awareness of bike traffic from the car / truck traffic side—this is something that requires a push at a higher level than council (it’s a bit off topic, but tangentially related—we could benefit as a whole from better driver training which would include bicycle awareness).  If we could replicate some Copenhagen style infrastructure here, we would go a long way toward encouragement.  Although I have to admit, one of Copenhagen’s advantages in bike paths is that it’s flat—not much we can do about that, but I suppose the hills make us all fitter!
  1. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?  Make it safe!  Dedicated bike paths where possible.  Also, if I could wave a magic wand, I would advocate turning residential streets into 40 KPH and school zones into 30 KPH, which would have a better effect on the non-dedicated path riding.  Having lived for a while in Europe, it still makes no sense to me that we drive cars so slowly on motorways which are built for higher speeds) and yet race through residential side streets at 50, when those are more appropriately a 30 or 40 zone.  But that’s just my 2 cents’ worth—the RMS does not seem inclined to agree.
  1. For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee?  Yes; I’d be happy to.
  1. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?  Absolutely.  This is one of those illogical things that drove me to stand for Council in the first place.  It makes no sense, and it completely discourages traveling by bike.  To be fair, this illogic is not limited to bikes; you could say the same thing about the road network.  We need to think holistically and logically—having a dedicated bike path that suddenly dumps you out into motorway traffic makes even less sense than having a main arterial motorway (the M1 from the north) that reaches the outskirts of Sydney and then just stops, forcing drivers onto local roads).  And somehow, they found money to fix that problem.  I would suggest that this would actually be a good investment for the state—fitter people means lower health care costs.  Anyway, using a personal example, when I previously worked in St Peters, I tried riding a few times, but I got scared off by that exact crossing (well, that and the fact that the bike path across the Harbour Bridge requires ascending a set of stairs, but that’s another matter).  How many potential city biking commuters have reached the same conclusion that it’s just too hard (and dangerous)? 
  1. The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years?  Absolutely.  Again, the lack of bias toward action at all levels of government is one of the things that led me to stand for Council.  We have paralysis by analysis.  Just do it!  
  1. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby?  Great idea, provided it is designed in such a way that it doesn’t exacerbate the motor vehicle congestion.  As stated above, I think dedicated paths are definitely the way to go.  Of course, it’s easy to say this without any budgetary context, but on balance I support the idea.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

 

Deb Fung,  West Ward – Group A

Thanks for taking the time to ask!

1.      Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N)N

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N)N

ï        For recreation regularlyN

ï        For recreation occasionallyY

 2.      What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?

congestion is a systemic issue in the main hubs in our council area. Bikes (and potentially bike paths)  and public transport will assist moving people around the main artery areas, however because a lot of the traffic is crossing through from out of area we need to look at other strategies too. From better times traffic lights to flyovers... it all depends on budget really!

 3.      Do you think Willoughby Council should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths?

yes

 4.      What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding?

for transport- bike paths for sure.

 5.      For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council? Yes Would you be interested in serving on that committee? No but thank you

6.      10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?

i haven't seen it but if it were a relatively straightforward fix I would

 7.      The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years? We are all about trying to see things become more efficient in getting things through council, so yes!

8.      North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby? Would be keen to explore this for sure.

 

Nicholas Lim, West Ward – Group A

Thanks for reaching out. Please find below my responses to your questions and please feel free to rechout to me if you have any additional questions.

  1. Do you ride a bike

ï        For transport regularly (Y/N): Y

ï        For transport occasionally (Y/N): Occasionally

ï        For recreation regularly: 

ï        For recreation occasionally: Y 

  1. What do you consider the biggest transport issue in the Willoughby area and what do you think is the best way to address it? Do you see bicycles as providing part of the solution?I sincerely wish we had more bicycle paths especially on Mowbray road but I am not sure how that would be implemented given the current traffic congestion on the road. 
  1. Do you think WilloughbyCouncil should encourage people to ride a bike and should build bike lanes and bike paths? - Yes
  1. What are your thoughts on the best ways to encourage more bike riding? – Family bike ride day as they do in Lane Cove which I join
  1. For many years Willoughby Council has had a Bicycle Committee with representatives from the community and local bicycle groups such as Bike North. This meets just 4 times a year and provides expert advice and assistance to Council’s active travel infrastructure, events and programs. Do you support this committee continuing for the next Council?  Would you be interested in serving on that committee? – Definitely support the committee continuing but I am time poor at present to serve on any more committees, perhaps once the kids are in high-school I might have more time.
  1. 10 years ago, the state roads authority built an excellent and popular bike path between Ryde and Naremburn. They failed though to complete this path so that it finishes in the middle of the Warringah Expressway. People therefore have to ride across the Brook Street entrance to the expressway. Would you support pressuring the state government to build abridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross that exit and reach West Street safely and easily?I have tried on a few occasions to ride to the city for work but the Warringah Freeway crossing is a death trap and so I stopped. If there is budget to do this, I believe it’s a worthy endeavour
  1. The state roads authority have being saying that they are designing the North Shore Cycleway between that existing cycleway in Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway for about the last 10 years and still hasn’t produced a design for public exhibition. Do you support pressuring the state government to get on with the job and build this Cycleway within the next 4 years? – Yes, one of the reasons why we’re supporting Craig for election is because he is pragmatic, comes from a business background where delivery is key to success and has not been plagued by the inertia that seems to affect most local councillors.  
  1. North Sydney Council is currently rolling out a high quality bi-directional cycleway which is separated from both cars and pedestrians. They applied for and received state funding for that cycleway.   What are your thoughts on a similar initiative in Willoughby? – if we have the space, budget and balance with the road traffic, I am in support of this initiative

 

Maria Chan, West Ward – Group B

Thank you very much for your email . Thank you for giving me an opportunity to express my thoughts in Bike Infrastructure which actually touched base with 2 of my points " For a better Willoughby"

I need to emphasize that my answers are all from the bottom of my heart . I do not need to canvassing for votes.

1 ) I love to ride bike. However, I bought 3 bikes in different period. This is to satisfy by

     looking at this beautiful yet powerful 2 wheels drive.

     The reason is that I have sport injuries , especially on right knee.

     My aunty has her knee reconstruction and advised me not to do the surgery now

     but when I get older ( my aunty is a nurse , I respect her advice )

     Therefore , my answer is : when I have my knee fix , I will ride a bike for transport and recreation regularly.

2 ) The biggest transport issue in willoughby area is Congestion !

     I will only comment on West ward.

     Albert road to pacific Highway , Fullers road right turn to Pacific Highway and of

     course Pacific Highway .

     One of my point is :- Improve Traffic Conditions .

     I wrote :  In some instanced the conditions have not changed significantly since my

                   last election 2012.

     MY SOLUTION WOULD BE TO HAVE FREE SHUTTLE BUSES FOR MOWBRAY

     AND FULLERS ROAD TO RAILWAY STATIONS IN PEAK HOURS.

 

     One candidate has suggested to widen Fullers road . I thought this would be crazy

     because it will need council , if not state to start compulsory acquisition and still

     cannot solve the problem with congestion. UNLESS , the expensive solution to

     widen Fullers road comes with design a bike lane , otherwise not worth it.

 

     I can visualise that Bike is the solution together with Shuttle bus services.

     I can visualise that bike company should copy what I saw at London. People

     pick up a bike at one spot and return to another bike station .

similar to a go get

     car which is so convenience for picking up and return .

 

3 )  Absolutely ! It should not be just Willoughby . The congestion of Pacific Highway

     is built up from Hornsby in the morning traffic and from city coming back from work..

 

4 ) When a Bike Infrastructure put in place, it will be best to encourage people to bike

     riding in particularly west ward. We have ethnic group such as Chinese from China

     and Taiwan , Indians and Europeans all have strong Bike Riding culture.

 

5 ) To be or not to be elected as councillor, I am interested to join the committee .

     If I am elected, I support the committee to continue for the next council.

     Council has allowed so many apartments developed. The developers has to

     pay council section 94 something like $30k in average per apartments . The money

     is used for roads , footpath, street cleaning ,childcare etc.

 

     This falls into my 2nd point in my election script : Roads has long large deep crack on our

     roads. Some has mended with black tar substances which looks like spider web , so

     disgraceful in the so call rich suburb.

     More Bike , less cars will help to prolong the wear and Tear of our roads.

     Sometimes I wonder how and where have those section 94 money collected from developers

     has gone.***** if they can not afford to repair roads often, council has to think of a solution.

 

6 ) If they can build Light rails , they should be able to build Cycle way . 10 years ago, people

     do not have long vision to imagine the population growth.

     10 years ago , people thought cycle way is only for pleasure and could not see it is actually

      a solution . Say for instance, government want to put light rail to northern beaches . Do you think

      people in Pittwater or Avalon or Spit want that. But if Gov suggest a cycle way, it will be

      welcomed .

      I support pressuring the state gov to build a bridge for bikes and pedestrians to cross the

      exit and reach west street .

      By the time it finished, I hope my knee get better to ride a bike from west street

 

7 ) Bicycle committee should lead to pressuring the state gov to get on with the job to build this

     cycle way asap

 

8 ) Willoughby has more scenic places to build bike path for leisure and work

     Practically speaking , I support cycle path than The Concourse.

The above answers are my personal views , I hope one day to see improvements in congestions

Look forward to seeing you in your committee meeting

  

Maisy Yan, West Ward – Group E

Thank you for the email, I am very happy to respond to your questions.

1. I don't ride a bike for transport, because I live very close to the station. However, I encourage my child to ride bike in recreation times.

2. The biggest transport issue would definitely be the traffic congestion happen in the Willoughby area, peak hour in Chatswood is one example. There are too many cars, and too limited space on the road which caused this transport issue. In fact, earlier traffic accident happened at Victoria Ave, I was happened to nearby, and it makes me believe that this incident hits the alarm of local residents safety. I believe if more residents choose bicycle as their transport tool, it will greatly reduce the rate of traffic incidences.

 3. I support with this view.

4. I found some public use bicycle has been placed along Victoria Avenue of Chatswood, which requires an app to scan the code to unlock? I was quite surprised because I have seen this trend becoming popular in oversea China when I travelled, and it started to get to Sydney. Though it's not widely publicized but I think its an initial great approach to encourage more people to work, and it definitely needs more awareness from the public.

5. I definitely support with this committee group, and I will be honoured to serve in the committee.

6 and 7. Honestly, I apologized I am not aware of these issues earlier, I will research more about this, but if it provides a more safety pathway for cyclist and pedestrian, increase life quality of residents, I will greatly support it.

8. As I suggested earlier, I encourage more residents ride bicycles and more cycle pathways to be built in Willoughby area. However, if there are more cyclists, it will also expose cyclist in great danger in a busy road, therefore bi-directional cycleway will greatly alleviate this issue.

I am very awared of road issues in Willoughby area, as well as my concern for environment. Again, thank you for contacting me, and please let me know if you have any other concerns. I am very happy to serve as the representative of local residents and contribute to the Willoughby community.

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