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Inner Sydney Councils have combined to pressure the NSW Government for consistent regulation of the share bike industry.
The Inner Sydney Councils including Inner West, Woollahra, Waverley, City of Sydney, Randwick City and City of Canada Bay recently met to review the three-month trial of bike share guidelines.
They discussed the need for more effective legislation of share bikes as operators have failed to maintain safety regulations and remove broken or abandoned bikes from the streets.
We need a legislative framework for the operation of bike share
A council spokesperson for the Inner West said, "The existing legislation is very quickly becoming outstripped by this new industry."
“Impounding bikes sounds simple, but comes at a real cost for our ratepayers," Mayor of the Inner West, Darcy Byrne said.
Bike share companies such as Ofo, Reedy Go and EarthBikes have become popular transport options in Inner Sydney with over 6,600 trips per day in January and February.
A spokesperson for Waverley Council said, "While bike share is popular in Sydney and can positively contribute to a liveable, sustainable and connected city, there are significant issues which must be addressed if bike share is to become an effective, integrated segment of the transport network that doesn't negatively impact on public amenity."
Since August 2017, Waverley Council have received a total of 83 complaints and requests for the removal of share bikes.
"We need a legislative framework for the operation of bike share that covers requirements such that unrideable or damaged bikes must be removed and funds are provided for bike parking in high usage areas."
Cr Byrne said the State Government has done little to address the safety concerns that have arisen from the share bike industry.
“The Transport Minister’s only response has been that council ratepayers should foot the bill for impounding and collecting bikes."
"Instead of trying to fit outdated legislation or regulation to this new industry, Inner West Council is working with other inner Sydney councils and will propose changes needed at the State level to allow us to deal with this issue properly," Cr Byrne said.
Council spokesperson for the Inner West said a possible solution could be marked parking areas for bikes in popular locations.
Inner Sydney Councils are working together, along with bike share companies and Transport for NSW to resolve the ongoing issues.