2008 BCC Elections & Cycling Issues – Liberal Party Response

edit: The following was received in response to the CBD BUG letter to the mayoral candidates.

info@candoteam.com.au wrote:
Mr Paul French
CBD BUG Co-convenor

Convenors@cbdbug.org.au

Dear Mr French

Thank you for your recent email to my ‘Can Do’ team and myself
concerning cycling in the CBD.

I welcome your support for my announcement that I will invest $100
million in Brisbane’s bikeway network over the next four years to
encourage walking and cycling as an alternative to vehicle use.

I note your concerns about the speed limit in the CBD and I do
acknowledge that it is one factor that affects pedestrian and cycle
safety. Council officers are currently working with police and
Queensland Transport on the issue of reducing the speed limit within the
CBD, as we have in the Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct.

With regard to an absence of End of Trip (EoT) facilities in the CBD, I
would like to remind you that the City Council and State Government are
currently constructing the King George Square Cycle Centre which will
provide EoT facilities for around four hundred cyclists.

What’s really encouraging is that even though the centre is not yet
opened we are already receiving interest from private property owners
about doing something similar in their own buildings.

I think you’re going to start seeing these sorts of facilities popping
up all around town once employers start seeing the health and
productivity benefits that healthy travel options can provide. This
alone will provide the incentive that you seek, without Council having
to subsidise large corporations to install the facilities.

With my plans for a huge investment in the bikeway network and bike
sharing scheme, the next four years will certainly be an exciting time
should I and my ‘Can Do’ team be elected on March 15.

I look forward to working with you as we take cycling in Brisbane to a
whole new level.

Yours sincerely

Campbell Newman
LORD MAYOR

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2 Responses to 2008 BCC Elections & Cycling Issues – Liberal Party Response

  1. In Newman’s media release on his cycling policy it states:

    “The Lord Mayor is providing bike lanes and bike awareness zones on roads where cyclists do not compromise the flow of traffic”

    When will Liberal and Labor politicians understand that cyclists ARE traffic?

    After talking to Council officers I have found that under Liberal and Labor of the 8 bikeway projects scheduled for 2006-2007 only four have been completed, the others are either under construction, due to start construction or have been pushed back to 2007-2008 or 2008-2009. Similarly, four of the seven projects scheduled for 2007-2008 have been rescheduled for later years and only one has been completed. Only three of the projects scheduled for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 have been brought forward.

    Less than 3% of Labor and Liberal’s 2007-2008 transport budget was spent on cycling.

    Looks like a lack of commitment to me.

    Looks like Campbell Can’t Do cycling. The only time he seems to pop on a bike is for a publicity stunt a month before an election.

  2. Tristan Peach says:

    In Newman’s media release on his cycling policy it states:

    “The Lord Mayor is providing bike lanes and bike awareness zones on roads where cyclists do not compromise the flow of traffic”

    When will Liberal and Labor politicians understand that cyclists ARE traffic?

    After talking to Council officers I have found that under Liberal and Labor of the 8 bikeway projects scheduled for 2006-2007 only four have been completed, the others are either under construction, due to start construction or have been pushed back to 2007-2008 or 2008-2009. Similarly, four of the seven projects scheduled for 2007-2008 have been rescheduled for later years and only one has been completed. Only three of the projects scheduled for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 have been brought forward.

    Less than 3% of Labor and Liberal’s 2007-2008 transport budget was spent on cycling.

    Looks like a lack of commitment to me.

    Looks like Campbell Can’t Do cycling. The only time he seems to pop on a bike is for a publicity stunt a month before an election.

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