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Cycling: What Will Politicians Do?

By Velocipator - 2 October 2008 45

Canberra cycling group, Pedal Power, is holding a community forum for local candidates to tell the public how they will help cycling. Six times Tour De France entrant, Stephen Hodge, will MC the forum. Speakers will include representatives from ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens. Everyone interested in cycling, Canberra and the community is invited to attend.

The forum will be at 7.30pm – 9.00pm on Tuesday 7 October, at the Johnson Auditorium in Pilgrim House (Corner of Northbourne Avenue and Rudd Street in Civic).

More information is on the Pedal Power website here

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Cycling: What Will Politicians Do?
Woody Mann-Caruso 9:16 am 03 Oct 08

Its called taxes, you dullard.

Gold.

Danman 9:05 am 03 Oct 08

@ Jakez – You would be a fool if you thought roads were solely funded by licence and registration fees, which I may add, are payments that entitle the bearer to a) use the public roads and b)Use their registered and roadworthy vehicle on such roads.

Dare I say that licence and registration merely subsidises other government payments for such projects.

And while Im here, can I just add that this week, on at least 3 occasions I have been cut off or ignored totally when dismounting my bike to walk across zebra crossings.

Surely its not all cyclists that are retarded – some drivers are too.

NoAddedMSG 8:51 am 03 Oct 08

Bundybear said :

That is until the other day when my son was driving his electric wheelchair into the city, and while travelling along the “bike path” was soundly abused for having the temerity to be on the “bike path”, and told to use the ROAD!!!

That’s not cool, but that cyclist would be an exception, not many people with an IQ of more than a slug and a skerrick of common sense would expect someone in a wheelchair to use the road.

Bundybear 8:40 am 03 Oct 08

I haven’t really had a huge issue with cyclists, although I have certainly been confronted by members of the “I’ll make my own rules” brigade, and one or two from the “I have a death wish” consortium.

That is until the other day when my son was driving his electric wheelchair into the city, and while travelling along the “bike path” was soundly abused for having the temerity to be on the “bike path”, and told to use the ROAD!!!

Based on that reasoning, cyclists better stick to the bike paths, don’t let me catch you on my roads(when I’m in my car) or footpath (when I’m out walking). F***tards!!!!!!

jakez 8:13 am 03 Oct 08

Danman said :

You mean what will the cyclists get for nothing seeing as they do not pay for licenses and registration

Its called taxes, you dullard.

Here is my little lesson in economics for you

You spend money – you pay taxes.

Taxes go to the government to fund civil projects, government health and education among other things.

Dullard

Danman, what is the purpose of license and registration fees (mainly registration)?

Spectra 8:05 am 03 Oct 08

You mean just like P-platers?

Ask any motorcyclist what they think about “damn car drivers” 🙂

My problem is, I ride a pushbike, a motorbike and drive a car (though rarely all at the same time) – I keep forgetting who I’m supposed to hate and hurl random abuse at.

You mean what will the cyclists get for nothing seeing as they do not pay for licenses and registration (yes yes I know some of you have both already, but not all)

I’d say most, actually. Everyone I know who rides also has a car (and a licence). The government is welcome to spend the money I pay to register a second vehicle on bycicle paths, since I only need one vehicle’s worth of road on any given day 😉

Danman 8:05 am 03 Oct 08

You mean what will the cyclists get for nothing seeing as they do not pay for licenses and registration

Its called taxes, you dullard.

Here is my little lesson in economics for you

You spend money – you pay taxes.

Taxes go to the government to fund civil projects, government health and education among other things.

Dullard

Pandy 6:49 am 03 Oct 08

@Jonathon Reynolds:

are a highly EXCLUSIVE non INCLUSIVE community group with a large number of ALP members on their committee”

Just like ACTLightrail when they where writing ACT Liberal light rail policy for Vicki Dunne. Proof: Well you have to become a member of ACTlightrail and read their archives, which the general public cannot access freely.

And did you not seek pre-selection for them?

Pot-kettle-black

I welcome sensible cycleways for those 5km commutes. If more people used bikes there would be less need for trams trundling around Civic.

Davo111 1:34 am 03 Oct 08

shiny flu said :

You see hoons and everyday motorists break road rules and drive dangerously, do you pool them in one large group or are they just a few ‘bad’ drivers.

You mean just like P-platers?

shiny flu 1:19 am 03 Oct 08

You see hoons and everyday motorists break road rules and drive dangerously, do you pool them in one large group or are they just a few ‘bad’ drivers.

It’s the same with bicycle riders (*they are not cyclists*), except those on recumbents – or even worse recumbent trikes that clearly are too wide for a cycle lane and bike path – do what you want with them!

Jonathon Reynolds 12:43 am 03 Oct 08

jakez said :

Speakers will include representatives from ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens.
By this do you mean that they will be the only parties represented?

It took me until the second time in 2004 that I ran for the Assembly to work out that Pedal power are a highly EXCLUSIVE non INCLUSIVE community group with a large number of ALP members on their committees. They leverage this influence to “achieve their desired outcomes” by pushing hard within the ALP (note: they never got much out of any Liberal Government)

At the last election in 2004 they deliberately excluded a number of the minor parties from their “meet the candidates event” – several of the minor parties actually put out a joint media release on the issue (I have a scan of the original signed media release kicking around somewhere if anyone wants to see it:
http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/43532/20041016-0000/www.equalityparty.org/newsroom/2004.htm#140904

caf 11:45 pm 02 Oct 08

If you can’t pilot a car safely through the current width Northbourne lanes, you probably shouldn’t be driving at all.

I do occaisionally see a cyclist run a red light, but not a day goes by that I don’t see a car do so, so I’ve never really been sure where this argument comes from.

(Is it time for the quarterly cars-versus-cyclists flamewar again? My how time flies.)

sepi 11:09 pm 02 Oct 08

a letter in teh pape today suggested removing the cycle lane from Northbourne Ave, and instead running it up the centre of the nature strip between the trees. It sounds like a great idea – cars get wider lanes again, and bikes get a gorgeous path – safer too.

I’m just not sure what happens at the intersections.

SkipDaRoo 10:46 pm 02 Oct 08

You mean what will the cyclists get for nothing seeing as they do not pay for licenses and registration (yes yes I know some of you have both already, but not all)

And I’d like to see the cyclists vow to all follow the road rules, not run red lights etc.

Then maybe I will care what they get.

jakez 10:01 pm 02 Oct 08

Speakers will include representatives from ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens.

By this do you mean that they will be the only parties represented?

If yes, did you invite other parties/independent candidates?

Who did you invite and from that list who has rejected the invitation?

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