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Interesting alternative view http://business.fina... : "Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling

Cycling lanes consume more space than they free up, add to pollution and drain the public purse.

SNIP~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The indirect costs of cycling also loom large because cycling lanes typically displace lanes that formerly accommodated street parking, especially outside rush-hour periods. Businesses that rely on street parking for their customers are often bitter at seeing their sales gutted. Cities not only lose revenue from street parking, they also lose revenue from public transit because — anecdotally, at least — people are switching to bikes more from public transit than from cars. And because the demand for parking hasn’t vanished, cities now find themselves levelling buildings on main streets and side streets in favour of parking lots. In effect, the varied uses to which the lanes adjacent to the sidewalk were once put — for car and bike traffic during rush hour and for parking benefitting delivery vehicles, local businesses and their patrons at other times — has devolved into a single-function piece of under-used pavement.

In a user-pay or market economy, where users pay for the services they consume, bicycle lanes would be non-starters outside college campuses and other niche settings. If roads were tolled to recover the cost of asphalt and maintenance, no cyclist could bear the burden he foists on society. The cyclist has been put on the dole, made a taker rather than a giver to society.

Some of the bike backlash — resentment at the privileged position of cyclists, who are notorious for flouting the rules of the road without contributing their fair share — manifests itself as economic penalty. Oregon, which has a high proportion of cyclists, recently became the first state to levy a sales tax on new bicycles, even though Oregon has no general sales tax. Legislators “felt that bicycles ought to contribute to the system,” explained a state senator who co-wrote the bill, expressing a sentiment widely held across the continent.

The most telling opposition to cyclists, though, may be cultural. They are often seen as an entitled, smug and affected minority. In the U.K., cyclists are mocked as “mamils” (middle-aged men in Lycra); in U.S. inner cities they’re seen as the preserve of “white men with white-collar jobs” furthering gentrification. Almost everywhere they’re seen as discourteous, and as threats to the safety of pedestrians. At least two cities in the U.K. have banned cyclists from their city centres and just this month the government of New South Wales in Australia decided to ban bikes (but not automobiles, motorcycles, trucks or trams) on a popular Sydney street that had been a bike commuter route. The government explained it wants the street to become conducive to pedestrians. Other street bans important to Sydney’s downtown are in the works.

City politicians around the world are in a race to make their cities “bike-friendly.” The more they succeed, the nastier things will get.

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Ban bikes or make anyone over 16 pay Rego
i cant stand them, only this morning i was held up as a bunch of "look at me im dressed the same as everybody else in my lycra" clowns rode 3 wide in the left lane whilst a shoulder wide enough for a car was totally empty, Blast of the horn and a few swerves at them soon moved them though LOL

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I'll only say its one of my pet hates.
Lycra may look good on some females but if you wore lycra as a bloke or kid when I was growing up you were asking for a hiding. It just looks, well..... GAY! There, I said it
- Let the hate mail begin

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I have one problem with the "they pay no rego" arguement. Virtually every cyclist owns a car on which they pay rego just like all of us. When they ride on the road they could be said to be doing us all a favour because a pushie will never do as much damage to our roads as a car will.
Apart from that, I would say every motorist should be given a taser to be used on any lycra clad cyclist they see. The blokes and sheilas in a t-shirt, shorts and thongs who ride on a footpath so they are safe and out of motorists way are exempt from tasering, especially Delvene and Karen. (old blokes know I mean)
Anyone in the NRMA see the article in the latest Open Road about the cyclist who was killed on the old Pacific Highway north of the Hawkesbury River? It is a good, single lane each way winding, undulating road with no room for error. That why the motorcyclists and performance car drivers frequent it so much.
The lycra cyclists knew of the danger, the bloke who was killed had a habit of moving to the centre of the lane going downhill. Needless to say, two bikes came over a crest fast, he was in the middle of the lane, and was hit.
I thought ALL road users have a responsibility to not put themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Apparently this bloke, like all the lycra brigade, thought he was exempt from that rule.
I would agree that maybe they should have insurance and CTP cover if they want to use the road.
One thing about the Sydney CBD and cyclists. The CBD is criss-crossed by a network of dedicated bike lanes. Maybe the important thing that article forgot to mention was the fact that the council is only banning cyclists from the streets that don't have dedicated bike lanes to encourage better use of the cycle lanes in the city, and clear up the other streets for other traffic. I don't know if that is what they are doing, but it would be sensible.
David

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Old is good.

Delvene on a bike-very nice.

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bike riders "LEARN THE ROAD RULES LIKE THE REST OF US" ya peanuts
IF you have to rego a "scooter" which is 50cc that goes 10k than ya should rego a bike that goes 15-30k ?????????????????

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"just my 2cents worth"

"were going to need a bigger shed"

WE BUY THEM,WE REBUILD THEM,WE LOVE THEM,
WELL I DO !!!
regards Triple D
trippled75@yahoo.com.au

I kinda like cyclists. I could follow this for miles.

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There's a whole new cycling road hazard there.

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Regards Blue

or when they are in groups:http://d2ydh70d4b5xg...

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Cheers Al....
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Wow, is that what they call the peloton.

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tax payers pay for cycle tracks, but these knobs refuse to use 'em? They (in Brisbane) fight with each other when they do happen to travel on a bike track?? LOL Also the motorbike 'lane filtering' rules ping me off, they change the rules now also to suit themselves.

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Cheers, Lindsay.

4305

I can't stand lycra, or the wearers of lycra. Such angry little men..

I ride a vintage pushbike every now and then. Please don't make me pay another rego. I/me, I pay 4 rego's now as it is, plus a motorbike rego. Plus Mrs ambo's car, plus two kids that pay rego. Don't make me pay another one for every one of the 20 bikes I own. Please. I pay my way..
By all means, TAX lycra. Anyone that wears lycra, $1,000 rego every year. But please, not me and my vintage bikes...
Actually, I bought another vintage bike today, can't wait to start it up tomorrow. Yes, it's got a motor..!

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Cool Tim,pics please when you can!...:)

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Cheers Al....
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If I forget, please remind me.

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The only exception to paying rego is you must be wearing pluggers and stubbies

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But I'm happy to wear these, and yes these are actually mine:

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very funny mate.

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Cheers, Lindsay.

4305

Digging deeper the organisation and person behind this article that I found on my daily look at Canada's Nation Post headlines has a background and interest that might suggest a possible bias. In fact very nearly a Canadian Mike Nahan and the Canadian equal to the Australian Institute of Public Affairs.

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Most recently, with Lawrence Solomon’s blockbuster book, The Deniers, Energy Probe has led the charge that the science of man-made global warming is not settled and defended those scientists who work to enlighten and inform the debate.
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About Us
Energy Probe Research Foundation is one of Canada’s leading environmental and public policy research institutes.

It has four main goals:

to provide the public, media, business, and government with information on resource-related issues;
to promote sustainable resource use;
to encourage individual responsibility and accountability;
to help Canada contribute to global justice and prosperity.
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Lawrence Solomon, Managing Director, EPRF, and Executive Director, Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute

Lawrence Solomon, a co-founder of EPRF, is one of Canada’s leading environmentalists. An advisor to President Carter’s Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970’s, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion, save the world’s forests, restructure the electricity sector, convert free roads to toll roads, and counter global warming alarmism.

Lawrence is author or co-author of seven books, including The Conserver Solution (Doubleday 1978), Energy Shock (Doubleday 1980), In the Name of Progress (Doubleday 1985, 1991), Breaking Up Ontario Hydro’s Monopoly (Energy Probe 1982), Power at What Cost (Doubleday 1984), Toronto Sprawls (University of Toronto Press 2007) and, most recently, The Deniers (Richard Vigilante Books 2008, 2010). He is a columnist with the National Post and has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail, a syndicated columnist, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine.

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Regards Blue

He sounds like a typical person pushing his own agenda, leaving out any truths that will diminish his agenda.
He was right about Sydney council banning bikes from some streets.
The bit he seems to have ignored was the fact that bikes are only being banned from the streets where the light rail will run in the CBD. The important bit is the reason why: they are being banned for the safety of the cyclists. Apparently bikes and light rail and it's tracks don't go together safely.
There are dedicated bike lanes in streets parallel to the light rail, and they have been there since long before the light rail construction began, so the cyclists aren't really being banned at all.
David

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Old is good.

I could certainly put up with these pesky cyclists if they all looked like the riders around Al's neighbourhood. Oh and another thing, as much as I loved Delvine, I vote for the denim shorts above over Del's

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