A Cost Too High For Cyclist Safety
A letter written by the Australian Cycle Alliance (Cycle) was delivered to the NSW Premier by representatives of the cycling community. The letter is supported by 25 community organisations from around the nation, as well as 10,000 individuals who have signed the petition.
The online campaign, which has been run through Community Run (a branch of GetUp! Australia) has been going for just 27 days (www.communityrun.org/petitions/a-cost-too-high-for-cyclist-safety)
Cycle’s Director, Ed Hore said, ‘Initially we were shocked when we saw the pre-Christmas announcement by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay that bicycle riders would face fines up to 500% higher than they are now; and that riders would have to carry official photo ID at all times. That puts NSW completely out of line with other states in Australia and overseas.
‘The response on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cycle.org.au) was immediate. Our readers were upset and wanted to know why they were being singled out with these draconian measures.
‘We decided to run a petition so the community could tell the NSW Premier and Cabinet exactly what they thought. Like the recent uproar over Lockout Laws, the community is very angry about NSW becoming a “nanny state”. The State Government wants everyone to be driving a car and to be home by 11pm. It’s completely mad,’ said Mr Hore.
In addition to garnering 10,000 signatures for the online petition, Cycle rallied the many cycling community groups around Australia to undersign the letter. This included Bicycle NSW who has also brought in Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) from around the state and Pedal Power ACT. Other organisations that have put their names to the letter include the Cycling Promotion Fund, Bicycle Network, the Australian Cyclists Party, Freestyle Cyclists and many others.
‘We couldn’t have imagined a better response. We set out with a target of 10,000 signatures and we’ve achieved it. We also set out to bring these different cycling groups into one voice, and we’ve achieved that for the first time in Australia’s history,’ said Mr Hore.
The letter and petition will be hand delivered to the NSW Premier’s Office tomorrow at 10am, by representatives of The Australian Cycle Alliance, Bicycle NSW, Newcastle CycleSafe Network and other bicycle user groups from NSW.
On Thursday 18th February a rally will also be held in the CBD.
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A copy of the letter can be found here and signatures (as at 4:30pm) is attached (available on request only).
About the Australian Cycle Alliance
The Australian Cycle Alliance (‘Cycle’) is a not-for-profit organisation that creates and shares social media content about everyday cycling in Australia. We provide content, moderation and commentary with the aim of ensuring that media coverage across the nation is fair and balanced, and represents the interests of the whole community.
We represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles, whether they are young, old, women, kids, wearing lycra, in business attire, or riding to the local shops in bare feet.
Cycle works with a wide range of organisations at national, state and local level, including governments, businesses, communities and individuals.
There are 3.6 million Australians who ride a bicycle at least once a week. Eight million Australians ride at least once a year. We want to encourage more people to ride, and to benefit from the joy of riding for fitness, fun and transport.
CYCLE’s core guiding principles
- To ensure that media coverage about cycling is fair and balanced.
- To share and create media content about everyday cycling in Australia.
- To represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles for fitness, fun and transport.
- To engage and work positively with other organisations at national, state and local level to:
- facilitate better planning and building of safe cycling networks
- remove barriers and impediments to participation
- educate the community about important cycling-related issues
- provide resources, support and information
- reach the broader community.
- To foster an environment that encourages and enables people to ride their bikes wherever they live, whatever they ride, and whatever their ability.
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