[CAMWEST-announce] Fwd: NSW Labor BUG Roundtable

. jonhol2 at netscape.net
Sun Dec 21 23:51:57 UTC 2014

Fellow CAMWESTies,
                                   here is a précis from her office, of our discussions with Penny Sharpe (Shadow Minister for Transport) last week. Please feel free to forward comments direct to her office. It has been requested that submissions be brief & in dot form.
John Holstein
Member of CAMWEST (http://camwest.pps.com.au) advocating for better cycling infrastructure for Sydney's West.

"if we don't change direction, we will end up where we are headed" (Professor Irwin Corey
American vaudeville comic and actor (1914 - ) )
-----Original Message-----
From: Callum Drake <Callum.Drake at parliament.nsw.gov.au>
To: Callum Drake <Callum.Drake at parliament.nsw.gov.au>
Sent: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:20
Subject: NSW Labor BUG Roundtable

Hi all,
Many thanks to everyone who attended last week’s NSW Labor BUG Roundtable.
On behalf of Penny Sharpe MLC I would like to say that it was a very informative and engaging conversation that will become central to shaping Labor’s cycling policy in the lead up to the 2015 NSW Election.
This email is a general recap of the issues and insights raised throughout the conversation, in no particular order. If you feel I have left anything off please feel free to reply and let me know and  I will be sure to take it into consideration throughout the policy drafting process.
The issue of education for both cyclists and other road users was almost unanimously raised around the table. The discussion primarily focused around the need for a culture change to disperse the animosity many roads users direct at cyclists as well as the need for other road users to explicitly understand what obligations they have in relation to actions around cyclists, such as the 1m rule and overtaking.
Many people at the table felt that all RMS Licence testing should include a specific component based on cycling.
Others discussed options of  early education and how a ride to school campaign could be used as a key opportunity to engage young people in a program.
Connected and Planned Infrastructure:
The need for proper infrastructure that is planned beyond LGA boundaries was a central part of the discussion. The consensus around the table was that if the mode share of cycling is going increase throughout the forward period then significant investment into properly planned cycle ways that can be used as genuine commuter routes such as those seen through the Lane Cove Tunnel need to be invested in. It is also acknowledged that there was a suggestion that all key developments include a specific cycle way component and that all future infrastructure developments include a cycle component.  
Speed Limits:
There was a large portion of the table that suggested 30km/h speed limits would be useful in traffic calming and ensuring more cyclists felt they could use the road safely.
Funding Models:
The issue was raised that the current 50:50 funding model just doesn’t work as LGA’s except City of Sydney just don’t have enough money to invest into cycling infrastructure. It was discussed that the benefit from further percentage of investment from the State Government would also alleviate the issue of non-connected cycle routes and provide better opportunity for cycling to have a much higher mode share.
Many attendees felt that genuine enforcement of the 1m rule would encourage other road users to have a much greater respect for cyclists space and safety. Another suggestion was that a publicly accessible data base be established where accidents involving cyclists are logged and the progress of any action be made available here to.
Penny would also like to invite the BUG community to make a short submission to this office as a supplementary as well as to capture the input from those who were unable to make it on the day.
The submission should be forwarded to callum.drake at parliament.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on Thursday 8th January 2015 with the subject line:NSW Labor BUG Policy Submission. Feel free to extend this through your networks as we are looking to gauge as much input as possible.
Lastly, the Office of Penny Sharpe will be closed from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January 2015. I hope you all enjoy the festive season and wish you all the best in the new year.
Callum Drake
Office of Penny Sharpe MLC
Shadow Minister for Transport
Parliament of NSW
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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