Date: 5 Aug 2010 15:22:01 +0200
From: Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>
"Pro-cyclists had the last laugh at an anti-cycling rally at Sydney Town Hall last night when 200 of the cycling enthusiasts over-ran the event. The ongoing controversy of Lord Sydney Mayor Clover Moore’s cycling network plans continued last night when a protest planned to condemn cycleways in Sydney took a suprising twist. (View video footage of the protest attached) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WmTEATvfvE&feature=player_embedded If you were on George St last night you would have heard the Queen classic “I want to ride my bicycle” blaring across the CBD among three cheers for Ms Moore. The lycra-clad crowd chanted “We love to ride our bicycles. Alan Jones, get on your bike.” The jab was made at the 2GB breakfast radio host for his anti-Clover campaign in regards to the Bourke Rd cycleway in Alexandria. Mr Jones has taken on the issue as his own personal crusade since business owners have claimed a loss of trade and residents and workers have expressed concern about the safety of the arterial road now it has been narrowed and speed bumps installed. John Mahony, of Mahony Dominic Lawyers, is taking civil action against the City of Sydney Council on behalf of the residents and business owners claiming council did not consider all environmental factors before going ahead with the development."