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Your views: on bikeway delays, Bight drilling and election spending

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Today, readers comment on bikeways in the slow lane, oil drilling in the Bight, and the showers of money that rain during elections.

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Get city bikeways into gear

Commenting on the story: City Council backpedals on bikeway confusion

It is very disheartening to have yet another delay in the progress of our protected bikeway network within the city of Adelaide.

A protected bikeway network is only as good as its weakest link and the north-south and east-west bikeways would be a connected network.

If the Flinders, Franklin, Frome Street and parkland bikeways were completed we would have a safe protected bikeway passing within one city block to every school and educational institution in the city. – Will Matthews

As a resident of the CBD who uses a bike to get around the city it is really disappointing to see a lack of progress on improving safety for cyclists on our streets.

Meaningful consultation takes time and the sooner it starts the better. Regardless of the overall cost of the infrastructure there is no good reason not to begin this next stage.

The Frome Street project provided great learnings of how to get it right, and the council should use that experience with confidence and get on with the consultation. – Penny Gale

Oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight

Commenting on the opinion piece: Drilling in the Bight? Don’t believe big oil’s spin

The future for our children depends on clean energy, not on any of the fossil fuels. The Great Australian Bight is part of the Southern Ocean and it is warming. There is evidence that drilling in the sea is as dangerous as drilling on land for fracking.

I find the willingness of Australian politicians to accept these mining operations for the royalties or taxes they bring in so short-sighted. Political parties that can be there for a short time, like four years here, can do irreparable damage.

The oil company will withdraw as soon as it is uneconomic. They say the sea bed is deeper and so there is less of a problem than in the Gulf of Mexico. Equinor is like all mining companies. It makes it appear they care for the environment.

Evidence over time is that they are good with words, not with actions. South Australia cannot risk this. – Erica Jolly

Show us the blueprint for national planning

The election campaign has started with spending announcements – a billion dollars here, another there. Both parties assure us that the money is there and they are only too happy to spend it.

We have become so used to it that it seemingly passes without notice. Yet we should be concerned.

In 1972, the Australian Union of Students recommended that the major parties publish their business plan for the nation. Almost 50 years later we have yet to see any political party provide us with a blueprint for the future. 

Instead we have a pattern of spending that has only one objective – to secure government. Is it not time that we demand more? – John Töns

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