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Media Release – Policy 4 – A bike friendly Alice Springs

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“Today I want to let Alice Springs know that I am committed to the further development of Alice Springs as a bike-friendly town. We have thousands of regular cyclists in this town and I am committed to ensuring the needs of cyclists are incorporated into Council’s planning and maintenance activities. I’d also like to see Council add capacity to the bike identification scheme currently managed by NT Police as a first step on the way to addressing the issue of bicycle-recovery in this town.”

  • The Alice Springs bike-path network:

“The Northern Territory Government in conjunction with the Alice Springs Town Council recently conducted a consultation into the bike path networks around Alice Springs. It reinforced what we already know: Alice Springs is a fantastic place to be a cyclist, but there is much more that can be done.”

“If I am elected to Council, I will work to ensure that linkages between the CBD, schools, places of interest and the overall connectivity between suburbs is given attention and resources. There are also a number of ways to improve signage, crossings and user amenities on the Alice Springs cycle path network that will enhance the cycling experience – and it needn’t cost a lot of money.”

“Further, I’ll be drawing on what seems to be working well in a range of European cities to push for “shared-zoning” areas for certain parts of the Alice Springs CBD, in particular the rezoning of the northern end of the mall.”

  • Alice Springs as a “bike trail tourism hub”:

“In addition to our CBD bike-path network, there are some potentially world-class bike trails throughout our surrounding ranges. Exploring these trails is a great recreational activity for locals, but can also be a fantastic attraction for visiting tourists. We’ve already got a number of mountain-bike activities and events that run out of Alice Springs, but I’d like to go a step further and see how Alice Springs Town Council can work with local tourist accommodation providers and tour operators to explore how we can position ourselves as an exciting “central-hub” to a range of new bike-friendly tourist trails throughout the region.”

  • Alice Springs bike identification program:

“In addition to planning for and maintenance of new and existing cycling infrastructure, I’d like to see Alice Springs Town Council work with NT Police and local bicycle shops to improve the Alice Springs bicycle identification system.”

“This would be another step in addressing the significant issue of bicycle-recovery in our town. Too often stolen or misplaced bicycles are unable to be recovered by their owners as police have no way to contact them. Hundreds of bikes are auctioned off at the police lockup each month and a simple identification code engraved on the frame would ensure that there is a much greater chance of getting the bike back to their owners. NT Police does run a limited scheme but it could be greatly improved. Town council already offers a identification service to pet owners and a similar database system could be setup to assist bicycle recovery.”

For further details contact Edan on 0402029968

5 Comments

  1. Amy  •  Feb 18, 2012 @9:34 am

    I think this is a fantastic initiative. The benefits of cycling are plentiful – social, fitness, health, transport – and most of all, it’s good fun! With a little thought and planning, improvements can be made that don’t need to cost the earth. This initiative is inspiring and achievable!

  2. Rosie  •  Feb 28, 2012 @9:23 pm

    Thanks for the awesome policies. Clearly you’ve thought about this. Keep on rocking!

  3. jane  •  Mar 7, 2012 @10:33 am

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton: “The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.”

  4. Lucas  •  Mar 14, 2012 @10:14 pm

    The main thing that puts me off of biking are the bicyclists themselves. They seem smug, superior, and generally just arrogant. People take riding way to seriously.

  5. edan  •  Mar 16, 2012 @10:14 am

    Gee. So I guess you’d rather be sitting behind a computer screen leaving petty comments on random websites. I’ve published this just so people know that there are people like yourself that drive cars.

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