disapproval of the peak hour train bans

Local councils are now starting to show their disapproval of the peak
hour bans.


City of Greater Bendigo: Media Release – City To Express Disappointment
Over Train Bike Ban (17 January 2008)

The City of Greater Bendigo will write to the Minister for Public
Transport the Hon Lynne Kosky to express concerns about the State
Government’s intention to ban bicycles from peak hour train services.

City of Greater Bendigo Strathfieldsaye Councillor Keith Reynard said
the City will also initiate and lead a delegation of Central Victorian
Councils to meet with V-Line Senior Management to highlight the negative
implications the ban will have on rural and regional train travellers.

“The City of Greater Bendigo is keen to promote cycling as an
alternative mode of transport and the proposed ban goes against this aim.”

“We are working hard to promote cycling as a preferred and viable
transport option and have recently appointed a Sustainable Transport

“We are also working in partnership with the State Government to
introduce a TravelSmart program in Bendigo which encourages people to
substitute some of the trips that they would normally make in a car with
more sustainable, cheaper and healthier transport options like walking,
cycling and public transport.”

“There are many rural and regional people who work in the city or other
regional areas who rely on their bicycles to get to their workplaces.”

“Banning bicycles on peak hour trains is not the way to go and we want
to express our disappointment and if possible help come up with an
alternative solution,” said Cr Reynard.


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