Email to NSW Police regarding Pyrmont cycle control lights

Having written to the RTA and Clover Moore about these frustrating bike lights, I figured I ought to talk to NSW police about their crackdown day:

I'm a blogger with interest in, among other things, cycling in and around Sydney. I've recently been blogging about the cycle lane lights in Pyrmont. A day after my first blog on the topic, I noticed a crackdown by Sydney Police on red-light running. Ironically, my blog of March 6th had been about how the traffic control sensors are unreliable and badly installed.

This being the case, I'm after some press comment on the crackdown of March 7th. Given that the lights are known (to cyclists at least) to be unreliable, were steps taken to ensure that fines were only issued for clear infractions? Was any consideration given to the fact that the lights may not be functioning as designed?

I'm currently talking to the RTA about this, and I'm told they are currently in studies on how cycle detection can be improved.

My blog posts on the topic are at:


This sent on 12 Mar 2012 at 4:40pm. Response awaited with interest.

Oh, and yes, I know I have a bee in my bonnet about this. Normal service will be resumed eventually

posted @ Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4:43 PM


Comments on this entry:

# re: Email to NSW Police regarding Pyrmont cycle control lights

Left by Matt at 3/14/2012 8:50 AM
Just FYI, there were a couple of bicycle police out on the West end of Pyrmont Bridge again this morning (Wednesday). Only two (that I saw), but one of them appeared to be taking great interest in watching the cyclist traffic light.

# re: Email to NSW Police regarding Pyrmont cycle control lights

Left by Jason at 3/19/2012 1:32 PM
Rather perfunctory response received from "Jim" at the customer assistance unit:


If the cyclists involved are of the opinion that the lights were not working properly they have the option to write a letter to the Office of State Debt Recovery setting out their reasons or to plead not guilty and have the matter heard by a magistrate in a court of law. Unfortunately there are a disproportionate number of cyclists who totally ignore the road rules and it is these guys that make enforcements necessary.

Regards Jim
Customer Assistance Unit.

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