CYCLING TO THE TOWN HALL

Those of you following what local candidates are saying about cycling and bicycle transport in the
lead up to the local government elections on 4th December, 2021 may be interested to know that
two important ‘meet the people/town hall’ style events were held at Asquith Golf Club on the 15th
and 16th November last.

The events, jointly sponsored by local newspaper, the Hornsby Kuringai Post and FM radio station 2HHH, provided an opportunity for candidates in the Kuringai and Hornsby local government elections to respond to a variety of questions about local government issues, including cycling’s place in the local community.

At the 15th November Kuringai candidates’ event attended by David Thomson and Lyn Beavis, Bike North, echoing arguments raised in recent correspondence, called on Council to improve cycling infrastructure across Ku-Ring-Gai with wider, safer and separated cycleways wherever possible and to implement Council’s nine year old bicycle plan which has only been 3% implemented to date. The candidates’ panel apparently was supportive of the idea that cycling infrastructure needed to be improved for safety so that more people would use bikes for transport and recreation.

At the ‘town hall’ event on the 16th November, Hornsby Council candidates had their opportunity to address a number of questions but only Councillor Janelle McIntosh specifically referenced cycling issues when she mentioned her recent success in getting Hornsby Council to adopt her motion of implementing the much delayed Hornsby bicycle plan.

Meanwhile, more responses to Bike North inquiries are gradually trickling in from a range of council election candidates in northern Sydney areas in the past week. Go to our election page Council elections – Be Part of the Solution and see if candidates in your area have responded to Bike North.

Justin Holmwood