Media Release

Call for action rally on bicycle couriers

Monday 2 December 1996
The Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council, Mr Harold Scruby and the Executive Director of Bicycles NSW, Mr Warren Salomon, have called upon the NSW Government to urgently implement the recommendations of the "STAYSAFE 30 Report". They said:

"This report, which was put together by a multi-partisan committee of the NSW Parliament, has been gathering dust for six months. The community has had enough of certain bicycle couriers who behave like urban cowboys and seriously jeopardise pedestrian safety and upset the amenity of the city. One pedestrian and one bicycle courier have already been killed due to their outrageous behaviour and lack of consideration for others. The amenity of the CBD is being compromised by their open flouting of our laws and the attraction of the city as a retailing centre is being substantially diminished. The employers of these couriers are equally to blame and continue to embrace an "Eyes Wide Shut" philosophy while the rest of the community suffers. Bicycle couriers are also giving a bad name to other law abiding cyclists at a time when lawful cycling should be encouraged as an important transport mode and governments should be putting in place better infrastructure to support bicycle transport and assist in making Sydney the "living and accessible city. We want action and we want it now."

Those who will be addressing the meeting (1:00 pm, Tuesday 3 December 1996, Stage 5 (between Elizabeth & Macquarie Streets) - Martin Place) include: Mr Paul Gibson MP - Chairman STAYSAFE, Mr Warren Salomon - CEO Bicycle NSW, Clr Julie Walton - Chairman Traffic Committee - Sydney City Council, (representing the Lord Mayor), Mr Harold Scruby - Chairman/CEO Pedestrian Council of Australia and Mr Bill Healey - Executive Director Retail Traders Association NSW.