Shadow Cities Minister announces major boost for active travel
March 11, 2016
Today’s policy announcement by Shadow Minister for Cities Anthony Albanese that he will, if re-elected, ensure Australia’s infrastructure investments consider key elements for walking and cycling has been welcomed by the Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF).
At a speech to the Sydney Institute tonight, Mr Albanese is expected to lay out sustainability requirements for all major transport projects that will ensure walking and cycling options are included.
The announcement is the first federal policy for the 2016 election year that promotes active travel and addresses the looming costs of congestion which are expected to reach $53bn each year by 2031 if not addressed.
“On behalf of all Australians who seek active, convenient options for their short daily trips we welcome the Shadow Minister’s commitment to providing the transport choices many Australians desire.
“Around Australia, we know bicycle commuter rates are doubling and this commitment will ensure the best outcomes for all commuters including those driving on the road,” said the CPF’s Stephen Hodge.
“The CPF applauds the Shadow Minister for his leadership and commitment to use both the funding levers at his disposal and the objective oversight of Infrastructure Australia to improve our transport network.
“Cities around the World are realising the benefits for all citizens, whether 8 or 80 years of age, when the choice to ride or walk is convenient and safe and we welcome Albo’s commitments to ensure the infrastructure gets built,” said Hodge.
The bicycle sector will discuss the positions of all parties at the Australian Bicycle Summit culminating in a Parliamentary Dinner on 16 March. The event includes a Key Note Address by Ms Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the US President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Hon Angus Taylor MP and cross party MPs and Senators.