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Mass protest against work dismantling cycle lane in Sydney to make room for cars

Mass protest against work dismantling cycle lane in Sydney to make room for cars

Roads minister is also pushing for bike licensing Cyclists in Sydney have staged a mass protest against work to dismantle a cycle lane in Sydney under what campaigners say are draconian measures by roads minister Duncan Gay to penalise cyclists.

Dozens of riders – including families and commuters – filled each lane of College Street, where workers were recently pictured destroying a cyce lane , two abreast, riding slowly to temporarily claim back College Street.

Other measures they objected to were new rules that cyclists must carry photo ID and higher fines for transgressions – from $71 to $319 for not wearing a helmet, $71 to $425 for jumping a red light, and from $71 to $319 for holding up a moving vehicle.

Sydney Push spokesman Rob Berry told the Sydney Morning Herald (link is external) : "Our goal is for the NSW government to reconsider these policies so that the rate of cycling can continue to grow," he said.

"Every country in the world encourages cycling. It is supported across the political spectrum. But here we have a government that considers cycling as an intrusion and brings in laws that won’t protect the safety of cyclists but discourages them."

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