While people are gripping over the introduction of the Parking Bay Levy tax in Melbourne’s CBD carparks, only one year after London’s congestion tax was introduced, London’s Mayor Ken Livingstone has declared the traffic congestion charge scheme a success. (on the day of its first anniversary 17th February 2004)
He said that traffic had been cut by 18% and delays were down 30%.
Fast forward to the future, and many people are turning to 2 wheels with bicycle shops located on the out skirts of the congestion charge zone experiencing profit increases of 15-30% in profits since the introduction of the tax in 2003.
In 2006 there were on average 70,000 fewer vehicles entering the charging zone than on the day before the scheme was introduced.
Transport for London have released figures stating that CO2 levels have been cut, road deaths have decresed by 70% and wait for it, CYCLING within the zone has increased by a whopping 70%
So it is difficult to understand why the Victorian Bracks Government on one hand advocates decreasing the reliance on cars entering the City of Melbourne, yet any initiatives to increase bicycle use are thawted by the Roads & Ports Minister Tim Pallas. I find this very strange:(
The day that it was announce to introduce a dedicated cycling lane along St Kilda Rd, the Transport Minister intervened and now, well no more dedicated cycling lane shielded from kamikaze drivers suddenly turning.
Would the lane impact on car traffic- nope because the lanes were merely utilsing the existing bicycle lane and merely moving it across to the curb.
Great work Bracksy!!!
Well maybe not, your best work is considering spending $30M on installing lights for the GP to bring up spectator numbers to what was originally promised and quibbing with the Federal Government about who should spend $30M on installing a sewerage treatment plant underneath Princess Park. This would have supplied enough water for every Park in the City of Melbourne.
Now that is trully GREAT WORK!!!