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Parking spaces disappear for bike hire scheme

CityCycle bikes, courtesy of Brisbane TimesThe Lord Mayor has shrugged off complaints from inner city residents angry over the council’s takeover of hundreds of parking spaces to make room for a bicycle hire scheme.

Under the CityCycle initiative, set to launch in October, 2000 bicycles will be available for hire to the public at one of 155 bike stations around the inner city from St Lucia to New Farm.

In order to make room for the bike stations, 150 parking spaces have been resumed across the city.

Resident Andelka Susa said the disappearance of the spaces was another blow to already stringent parking regulations in the suburb.

“It’s a bad move by the Brisbane City Council, as it is going to take up more road space and more car parking spaces,’’ she said.

‘‘As a resident I have the right to have a place to park my vehicle and should not have to be forced to pay.’’

However Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the resumption ”should not concern residents”.

“We [sacrificed] loading bays, bus stops, pathways and parking spaces and really only 150 of thousands of parking spaces were used,’’ he said.

Cr Newman said the CityCycle scheme had been well received by the majority of residents.

“I’m getting a lot of positive feedback from people across Brisbane who get it,’’ he said.

Ms Susa said the council could have better consulted with New Farm residents.

“More thought should have been put in allocating more appropriate areas for bike stations,” she said.

Cr Newman said he tried to discuss the plans for placement of the bike stations with David Hinchliffe, the Labor councillor for Central Ward, but Cr Hinchliffe ‘‘wasn’t interested’’.

Last week mail couriers went on strike to protest the relocation of loading zones in Brisbane’s CBD to make space for the CityCycle scheme.

They argued council had moved loading zones in the city to make way for bicycle hire stations without proper consultation with couriers.

The Transport Workers Union is due to meet with the council this week.

This article is also available on Brisbane Times at http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/parking-spaces-disappear-for-bike-hire-scheme-20100825-13rmr.html



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