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STOP Clover Moore’s outrageous proposal! But you must take action NOW!

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The Campaign

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The Proposal

Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, is about to ram a double-lane cement-bordered cycleway through one of our city’s main arteries – Castlereagh Street. Spanning seven city blocks, narrowing footpaths, closing off access on one side and allowing little on the other, it will strangle businesses all the way from King Street to China Town. 

Without any cost benefit analysis whatsoever, and with no proper consultation or even fair warning to those most affected, the proposal has little or no regard for businesses all along this precinct, their workers and job prospects, trades people, motorists, and pedestrians (including those most vulnerable – the frail and disabled).

The Problems

The double-lane cement-bordered cycleway will block access to all business on the western side (excepting those with expensive underground car parks). In addition, the only access on the eastern side will be two small loading zones (on the plan they’re only “proposed”), bus stops, and a small place for coaches outside The Sheraton. This is an extraordinary development, which has not been justified in any way.

Those most seriously affected will include: taxi drivers, couriers, delivery vans bringing food, stock and other supplies, tradies maintaining offices, shops and buildings, and Pedestrians (especially the elderly, disabled and children) overflowing narrowed footpaths and negotiating the dangerous concrete barrier on the outside of the cycleway.

The Consequence

 Businesses will be strangled and as a consequence jobs lost all along this major city artery. Like her College Street cycleway white elephant, it’s unknown how many cyclists will actually use this monstrosity and whether the enormous cost would ever be justified. All this just to realise the Lord Mayor’s green utopia.

Lack of Genuine Consultation

Clover Moore’s decision to ram through this cycleway has avoided any proper scrutiny. There’s been an outrageous lack of consultation, without any fair warning to those whose businesses and jobs are on the chopping block. Common sense dictates that a project of this scale – and one which is so damaging – be subjected to a rigorous cost benefit analysis, which this proposal has so far avoided.

The enormous costs will be borne by businesses all along Castlereagh Street. Some will close and jobs lost. What possible benefits will come from this – the Lord Mayor has a lousy track record with her other cycleways.

The People

Sign The Petition

You can help stop the Lord Mayor from ramming her double-lane cement-bordered cycleway through Castlereagh Street. But you must ACT NOW!

Use this form to add your voice to the Save Our Street campaign. This will record your support and email a copy of the petition to the Lord Mayor and to the Premier. Your name, email and postcode (if you choose to provide it) will automatically be added.

Save Our Street Petition

To THE RT HON THE LORD MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY,
To THE HON THE PREMIER,
To THE GOVERNMENT,
To HON MEMBERS of
The LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL and The LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
of The STATE of NEW SOUTH WALES

WE RESIDENTS OF, WORKERS IN AND VISITORS TO OUR CITY OF SYDNEY,

APPALLED by the plan to ram a double-lane cement-bordered cycleway all the way from Chinatown to King Street through one of our city’s main arteries – Castlereagh Street,

OUTRAGED that there has been no proper consultation with those most affected – those whose jobs and businesses are on the line, and the many who will be seriously affected by this measure,

ASTOUNDED at the total absence of the standard and normal economic costs benefit analysis which good government requires be made publicly available any project of this magnitude be undertaken,

FEARING that this will be yet another white elephant cycle way, this time strangling the heart of the city,

NOTING that there is no mandate whatsoever to impose this on the people,

NOTING that there are other ways to legitimately and properly accommodate the needs of cyclists, who come into the city, without strangling one of its principal arteries,

WE CALL ON THE LORD MAYOR and THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY, before proceeding further TO CONSULT PROPERLY with the people who will pay for and be affected by this proposal,

AND TO UNDERTAKE a full detailed and professional costs benefit analysis by acknowledged experts in the field,

AND WE CALL ON THE PREMIER, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PARLIAMENT of NEW SOUTH WALES to ensure, as is your role and your duty, that PROPER PROCESS consistent with the good government of the City and State is observed in relation to this proposal,

AND THAT that the people most affected be properly consulted,

AND that a full detailed and professional cost benefit analysis by acknowledged experts in the field be undertaken now.

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