Rally to save College Street

It was great to see that so many people turned out in Martin Place on Thursday morning to rally against the NSW Government's removal of the College Street cycleway.

Bicycle NSW, who coordinated the rally along with other groups including BIKESydney, are doing a great job advocating for better safety on our roads.

People who ride - and their loved ones, friends and colleagues - will need to keep making their voices heard to ensure safety is the Government's top priority.

Last week, in a shocking breach of trust, the Government announced that they would rip out College Street's cycleway and delay the construction of a replacement on Castlereagh Street for another five years. That's despite the fact that the City and the Government have a contract that says the hugely popular College Street cycleway will not be removed until the replacement is built.

As our CBD goes through big changes during the construction of light rail, more people riding will help relieve congestion on our roads. We know that providing safe, separated cycleways is one of the best ways we can encourage more people to ride. So removing College Street without having a replacement makes no sense.

I hope Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Roads Minister Duncan Gay realise that their decision will put people's safety at risk. The College Street cycleway must not be removed without a safe alternative for people to use.

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