Thank you for your email. My main concern is in relation to the design and roll out of the Bicycle network. Sadly since the introduction of the bicycle helmet laws I have reduced my use of bicycles.
I am also concerned that little to no consideration has been given to what can be done to improve public safety and services for motorcycle and scooter riders.
There are some circumstances and situations where bicycle lanes could be used and shared by motorbikes/scooters and cyclist alike. More consideration needs to be given to how we share the road network. There are situations where the bicycle lanes contribute to reduced road safety. Much more needs to be done to consider the needs of all users in conjunction, not in isolation.
I do not believe it is the role of individual Councillors to decide on these matters but to seek the advice of stakeholders and experts so as to ensure that proper planning and development is undertaken in the course of Council’s service delivery and resource planning.
Anthony van der Craats
Independent Candidate – Councillors
Melbourne BUG would like to help you reach the interested electorate in regard to your policies relating to bicycles as part of Melbourne’s transport mix. We have attached a questionnaire which allows open ended answers by you. If you have time, we would like to meet with you and discuss the questionnaire, but alternatively you can just fill it in and return your answers to us. To allow us to reach voters in time, we need your answers by 9.00am Wednesday 3 October 2012.
If you can make time in your busy campaign for an interview, please let us know when you are available and we will confirm. We do appreciate your time and attention.