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“Force Cyclists to Use Paths” Says Town of Cambridge Councillor

This is the view of Town of Cambridge Councillor Rod Bradley as reported in the Cambridge Post, August 30, 2008 on page 9.

Councillor Bradley is quoted as saying “it is quite silly for us to be spending money on bicycle networks when cyclists don’t use them.” It is then reported that Mr Bradley was opposing paying half the $146,000 cost of new paths in Oban Road, Dunston Road, and Powis Street and reviewing Cambridge’s five-year old bike plan.

The council has been offered government grants to cover the other half of the cost.

The article closes quoting Councillor Bradley as saying “it is up to the state government to insist cyclists use these paths.”

According to the 2008-2009 Town of Cambridge Draft Budget the amount being proposed to be spent on shared paths within the town was $161,000 which is more than the figure quoted in the newspaper article. This proposed spend equates to 0.01% of the Council’s 2008-2009 draft infrastructure budget. Does Councillor Bradley have his priorities set right? Is Councillor Bradley informed? Does he understand alternative transport? Does he have an understanding of the cost savings of alternative transport to the council and the community? Frankly I don’t think so and I think that Councillor Bradley needs to get informed before making such rash statements.

If you wish to express your views to Councillor Bradley he can be contacted via the Town of Cambridge website or via email. At the request of Councillor Bradley, his email address has been removed, however if you go here you will find it in a click able format (exactly the same as it was here – go figure).

4 Responses to “Force Cyclists to Use Paths” Says Town of Cambridge Councillor

  1. Nathaniel December 11, 2008 at 2:20 PM #

    Yeah the guy hasn’t really thought it through. For instance would he appreciate having an after dinner walk with the missus down a dual use path when I come barreling along doing 30kays plus? Don’t reckon he would which for me is why I ride on the road.

    That and having to take extra care at intersections as drivers aren’t looking at dup’s for bikes wanting to cross it’s just easier to stay on the road and go with the flow.

    In saying that I do use them but only when I’m having a more social cruise with friends etc not getting to point B asap.

    My 2c

    Becker

  2. Nathaniel December 11, 2008 at 2:20 PM #

    Yeah the guy hasn’t really thought it through. For instance would he appreciate having an after dinner walk with the missus down a dual use path when I come barreling along doing 30kays plus? Don’t reckon he would which for me is why I ride on the road.

    That and having to take extra care at intersections as drivers aren’t looking at dup’s for bikes wanting to cross it’s just easier to stay on the road and go with the flow.

    In saying that I do use them but only when I’m having a more social cruise with friends etc not getting to point B asap.

    My 2c

    Becker

  3. Nathaniel December 11, 2008 at 11:20 PM #

    Yeah the guy hasn’t really thought it through. For instance would he appreciate having an after dinner walk with the missus down a dual use path when I come barreling along doing 30kays plus? Don’t reckon he would which for me is why I ride on the road.

    That and having to take extra care at intersections as drivers aren’t looking at dup’s for bikes wanting to cross it’s just easier to stay on the road and go with the flow.

    In saying that I do use them but only when I’m having a more social cruise with friends etc not getting to point B asap.

    My 2c

    Becker

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