Cycling in Melbourne Australia
What Balls, this Government and I am sure every sitting paliament, state or federal will never put the emphasis on bike riding until they can make money out of it. They make more from fuel tax and our taxes for the priveledge of driving a car. They make no money from us cyclists, except when we use our cars, so why bother looking after us.
This will never change until we have a PM or State Leader who actually rides themselves or has a brain to realise that we are doing more for the enviroment than they would like to give us credit for.
I have seen the state of the tracks recently and the patch work of fixes put in is just that. Give us a corridor along the rail lines where there is soo much space you could have a road for a couple of cars. That would not only fix a lot of problems but would bring more people off the trains and onto the paths. It would also take out the angry motorist element from us having to use the road while they steal our paths and give us the safety we deserve.
I used to love riding MYT into the city from Chaddy. I miss it a lot as I lived and worked just opposite the track. Now that I cycle the opposite direction from Oakleigh to Dandy I can see how crap the cycling infrastructure is in this state. I follow the train tracks all the way from Oakleigh and have to cross over about 3 times because there is no direct route for me to take, yet there is soo much space beside the rail tracks that is not being utilised.
My only joy is that I am going against the traffic flow in the mornings so am quite comfortable yet coming home the other direction can get quite hairy especially at the Heatherton Rd roundabout where I could use an extra set of eyes.
I feel for you guys riding into the city, because although the amount of cyclists riding into the city has increased, the funding to make this state a healthier place has probably decreased and it certainely shows in the state they maintain the tracks.
I agree with you, when you are riding into the city from not to far away. Try riding in the other direction and you will see.
It's not good enough for them to rest on their laurels of having a great network of tracks. You need to make them work. Yet they have an ad on TV, Swap it, don't stop it. They really want people to swap their cars for pushies and yet they want to put nothing more into the paths we already have, just patch it up, after all we are just cyclists.
But, could be worse - the MYT is the best bike corridor I have ever used ad I am going to be sad when we have to revert to the road again - that section is always full of cars coming over the roundabout - sketchy as it is, will be worse when you have to join them in traffic again...
As I'm new to Melbourne, I haven't known the MYT before the section between Barkly Ave and Mary St was closed, but I've just learnt that it was initially suposed to be reopened as early as August 2010!
That means it's going to be closed for a total of over 3 years!!! And that if they don't extend that once again. How many people are going to give up cycling in that time?
The Green member is about as useful as an independent.
Car owners (and some converts to cycling, like me - I'm steve and I'm a petrol addict and I've been off the wagon for 2 years) and most politicians (even most Greens) are addicted to petrol. They are blind to the damage their drug causes, they won't listen to reason about the benefits of giving up their drug and they are mistrustful and resentful of those who have given up, being manipulative or outright aggressive in pursuing others to take up or resume the drug.
Road works are justified as more important because they are "more important", are "used by more people, therefore are mainstream" or "you're just a cyclist, you have no rights." All typical addict responses to challenging their addiction.
We should take subversive non-violent action, but nobody will, because those of us who cycle are mostly all recovering addicts.