Bike­share in Hornsby Shire

Monthly Chronicle - - Village Voice -

I had a prob­lem with Bike­share be­fore last Christ­mas when four hire bikes were left on the foot­path out­side my home. The heavy things could not be rolled be­cause of the locks, so stayed put for a lengthy spell.

This raised an is­sue about what can we do. Per­haps help to fill a dis­used quarry?

We had a dis­cus­sion of what to do and agreed to raise it with govern­ment – lo­cal, State and Fed­eral.

We sug­gested the Feds slap an im­port duty on the Chi­nese man­u­fac­turer or the im­porter to make them worth­while to re­cover, but the min­is­ter ad­vised that would be against some trade agree­ment.

NSW Trans­port Min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance said Bike­share share is a pri­vate com­pany and must st abide by the rules for foot­paths hs which of course are a Lo­cal Govern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity and nd not his. He thought I would be e pleased to know that Horns­byy was a mem­ber of NSROC who were re cur­rently form­ing a work­ing group to de­velop a uni­form re­spon­see to Bike­share schemes. (Vi­sions of ‘ Yes Min­is­ter’ any­one?)

The lo­cal coun­cil was sur­prised ised they were here and gave me a num­ber for the com­pany and the call cen­tre in Manila said they would put this on ur­gent pick up.

Se­ri­ously – crowded foot­paths (with bikes), crowded land (with high rise), crowded schools, roads, hos­pi­tals, rail­way car parks - res­i­dents have to put up with ev­ery­thing and any­thing govern­ment bureau­crats and elected mem­bers dish out in the name of progress.

It seems they don’t or won’t lis­ten to our needs. They are more for en­act­ing “rules” that in the long term does any­thing ex­cept im­prove our life. The fact is we can do did­dly squat to main­tain our en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated by us for us.

Con­tact John at: johnand­shaun1@big­pond.com

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