UP FOR BIKE COUNT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

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.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Mayor Simon Withers would wel­come more bike grants.

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