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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 18th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 19, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Pedalling cycle paths case KIM SHAW Bike riders at Rodd Point. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP255353 Are bike paths the way of the future in inner Sydney? Do you have other ideas? Tell us at www.innerwestweekly.com.au IMAGINE a network of bike paths snaking around Sydney, safely separated from cars and linking all major destinations. Sydney Council has asked the Federal Government to consider funding this vision to help reduce road congestion and pollution. It has teamed up with 14 other Sydney councils to draw up a regional network of bicycle paths, identifying any potential bottle- necks and gaps. While the Federal Govern- ment's Infrastructure Australia fund ignored the regional bike network in its first round of funding, Sydney Council has not given up and will aim to secure money from the latest Federal economic stimulus package or in later Infrastructure Australia funding rounds. The network will cost some $295 million and each council is expected to receive enough to build its own section. Sydney Council estimates that the long and medium-term ben- efits would far outweigh the costs of the project. Lord Mayors around Australia have backed the idea of cycling networks and have been asked by Infrastructure Australia to report on the cost benefits of regional networks. Together, the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors came up with a submission called Investing in Cycle Ways, including a collection of capital city case studies high- lighting the benefits of cycling. Cycling trips would increase from less than one per cent of commuter trips to more than 8 per cent if bike paths were adequately linked, Sydney Council reported. Network plan for bi-directional lanes COUNCILS involved in drawing up the network plans are Ashfield, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Botany Bay, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, North Sydney, Rockdale, Willoughby, Lane Cove, Mosman and City of Sydney The Inner Sydney Strategic Cycle Network is 230km of extra bi- directional lanes that can be created within the existing road corridor It includes 160km of separated bicycle roads and 70km of upgraded shared path The average cost of a separated bike path is $1.5 million per kilometre Bike paths shared with cars cost $1 million for every 3km It is estimated that the life of the Anzac Bridge could be extended eight years if 10 per cent of motorists jumped on a bike Bike lockers secured for key locations INNER West bicycle riders now have access to secure bike lockers at six key commuter locations. Abbotsford Wharf; Auburn Station (South Pde); Cabarita Wharf; Canterbury Station (Broughton St); Lidcombe Station (Tooheys Lane); North Strathfield Station (Queen St) are among more than 140 major public trans- port hubs that house 1200 bike lockers. Transport Minister David Campbell said the bike locker program had opened up public transport access to those who travelled by bicycle to railway stations, ferry wharves and bus interchanges. ''Public transport patronage is growing and this is an indication that more people are travelling by public transport for the first time,'' Mr Campbell said. ''I want public transport to be easily accessible to encourage more people to make the switch to public transport, not just for their daily commute, but for rec- reational trips as well.'' The bike lockers cost $50 a quarter to hire, with a refundable key deposit of $50, providing a secure place to store bicycles. Mr Campbell said the parking space levy funded the bike locker program. To hire a locker or find other locations, visit the Transport Info website (www.131500.com.au) or call 131500 to speak to an operator. • Bargain prices on famous brands of fragrances, cosmetics, gift packs and much more! • Quantity limits apply • Great gift ideas • Bank Card, Visa, Master Card, and EFTPOS facilities available HURRY WHILE STOCKS LAST Now at: The State Sports Centre Olympic Boulevard Olympic Park Homebush 3 BIG DAYS From: Friday 20th March To: Sunday 22nd March Open: 9.00am-4.30pm Parking Available FACTORY SALE 2079271i iww wk38 10 -12 Parramatta Rd, Homebush (Opp. George St, IMO Carwash) P: 9743 5757 M: 0412 851 302 TAE.KWON.DO WORLD BEST CLUB AWARD 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 2 FREE weeks training & FREE uniform on joining! ABC's of life - ABC Our Instructors are- 2018991K wk38
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