The ACT Opposition wants the Government to spend a whole lot of money getting rid of the on-road cycle lanes they have spent lots of money on over the past few years.
Steve Pratt was outraged by an NRMA report which showed 40 per cent of cyclists had accidents or near misses while using the cycle lanes last year. The same report criticised the width of the cycle lanes and the way the Government had made car lanes narrower rather than choosing the expensive option of widening the roadway to make room for bicycles.
Interestingly the report (which I can’t find on their website) did not mention any figures for accidents or near misses in the previous year for comparison.
Mr Pratt told the ABC the cycle lanes made it difficult for “cars turning left into crossroad intersections [and] cars turning into driveways”.
“It’s very unsafe for cyclists in those sorts of conditions, so we would seek to have road cycle lanes removed under those conditions,” he said.