Cycling in Melbourne Australia
You've articulated the issues well.
BTW - contacted Yarra Council / Melbourne Council? Our Yarra BAC meetings (see minutes in link) are getting increasingly productive & last weeks meeting saw bit of a quantum leap - the BAC actually considering broader advocacy issues, which is the first time I've seen the topic discussed after attending the meetings since 2004.
I'll re-post my comments here:
When is this Main Yarra Trail diversion going to end?! This was only meant to be around for a few months, back in August 2010, but it's still there, in April 2011! Citylink, or the State Government or whoever it is that thought widening the South Eastern freeway would be a great congestion solution is going to start receiving bills from me for all the new tubes I've had to buy from punctures from the Burnley underpass (part of the diversion route)!
Apparently this 1 billion dollar South Eastern freeway widening project has not eased congestion one iota. I shudder to think how many km's of new bike paths we could have got for 1 billion...