Brief – 25 August 2010 – The City of Sydney today said that businesses in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria have been misused in a “deceitful campaign to attack the City of Sydney cycleway program.”

Chief executive officer for the council Monica Barone said a legal letter from Mahoney Dominic lawyers to the City had falsely claimed 102 companies and businesses located on Bourke Road were joined in a class action against the Council’s cycleway.

“The alarm bells began ringing when the lawyer’s letter arrived with a list of the companies supposedly against the cycleways.

“I was surprised to see the names of companies the City had worked closely with and who had long been supportive of cycleways and cycling.

“I responded by contacting representatives of four organisations on the list. They included Fairfax, Westpac and the Australian Museum. They were completely unaware that they had been included on a list of alleged claimants.

“I have been informed that a further five companies have contacted Mr Mahony to require him to remove their names from the list and that John Mahony has written to Council advising that in fact he only acts for one person who owns a business on Bourke Street and not 102 people.”