UP FOR BIKE COUNT
TOWN of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers says he admires the City of Vincent’s $2.5 million bike network but the infrastructure would not work in Cambridge.
“I really admire Vincent’s bike network,” Mr Withers said.
“But Cambridge is more spread out – it would cost a lot more for us to implement the same infrastructure.
“I think what Vincent is doing is great, but it’s not really applicable for us.”
Volunteers participating in the Super Tuesday Bike Count on March 3 will collect data that will help inform future council decisions on bike planning in Cambridge.
Volunteers will record the number of cyclists riding through a number of sites around town from 7am to 9am.
All 22 positions have been filled and each volunteer will be able to nominate a not-for-profit organisation to receive a $50 donation.
Mr Withers said the data would reveal if cycling numbers had increased from last year and could justify the council spending money to create more bike paths.
“It puts pressure on all levels of government, not just local government,” Mr Withers said. “I think the reason cyclists ride on the roads is because there aren’t enough bike paths.
“Cyclists and cars shouldn’t be on the same road – it is the driver that hits cyclists, not the road.”
Mr Withers said Cambridge would this year review its five-year bike plan and would welcome further State Government grants.
“I’d be happy to match government funding – that would incentivise us to do it,” he said.
“State Government grants are pathetically low. They need to be increased by a lot. I think they need to add an extra 0 to the end of their funding.”
Mayor Simon Withers would welcome more bike grants.