Australian bicycle organisations and industry leaders came together again in Canberra for the national Bicycle Summit on Wednesday, 16th March.
The Summit is the key opportunity every year for Australian cycling organisations to discuss a national agenda for cycling and build consensus for a unified approach to federal government.
Following Prime Minister Turnbull’s focus on a new engagement in the Cities Agenda and appointment of the Hon Angus Taylor as Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Bicycle Summit was one of the first occasions to hear from Minister Taylor about his plans in the Ministerial Key Note Address.
The Summit was also privileged to hear from US President Obama's appointee and Executive Director of the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Ms Shellie Pfohl, who discussed the work in the US that has seen the rate of childhood obesity decline for the first time in history. Ms Pfohl provided the Key Note Address.
The Parliamentary hosts for the event were the Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Giles MP and Senator Janet Rice. Each was able to present their thoughts to the assembled Parliamentarians, industry and bike sector guests. The work done over several years with Parliamentarians means the bicycle sector has a strong network that enables effective government relations efforts to be undertaken to raise issues in favour of better conditions for bicycle riders.
All Australian bicycle sector organisations were present at the event (just the NT couldn't make it), and announced their policy platform for the 2016 federal election campaign, agreed to by all organisations during the Summit sessions on the day.
While the principal element of the campaign was announced - a national $10 per person, per year investment in bicycle infrastructure - full development of the campaign materials, background and actions will be undertaken to coincide with the elections when they are announced.
The following official statement was made to the Minister, attending Members of Parliament, industry and guests:
The Summit is the key opportunity every year for Australian cycling organisations to build consensus for a unified approach to federal government and advocate directly to Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Parliamentarians for a national agenda for cycling. Supported by industry leaders and national peak bodies from public transport, health, property, local government and planning sectors this is a key event for cycling advocacy each year.
Presentation of bicycle sectors national platform for the 2016 Federal Election campaign - for details see the Australian Bicycle Summit page here.
Ministerial Key Note Address - Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.
Principal Key Note Address - Ms Shellie Pfohl, US President Obama appointee and Executive Director of the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Giles MP and Senator Janet Rice.
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The Australian bicycle summit calls on the government to invest in Australia's future by enabling more people to ride their bikes every day through an infrastructure investment of $10 per person per annum.
This investment relieves our congested cities and local communities, solves our sedentary lifestyle crisis, and provides economic, safety and environmental benefits.
Above: Co-Chairs, Andrew Giles MP and Trent Zimmerman with Shadow Attorney-General, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP.
Above: Principal Key Note Address - Ms Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, US President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
2016 Australian Bicycle Summit
Above: Ministerial Key Note Address - Hon Angus Taylor MP