Australian bicycle organisations applaud largest ever commitment for cycling and walking with Greens promise of $250m
June 1, 2016
Today’s announcement by the Australian Greens to invest $250 million dollars into cycling infrastructure has been welcomed for the focus it places on encouraging cycling in Australia.
Announced in an online broadcast today by Greens Transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, the policy announcement recognises the importance of cycling to addressing critical issues facing this country.
An investment of this size in missing infrastructure for walking and cycling would super charge action to address the multiple issues of physical inactivity, de-clogging our roads, quality of life in our communities and regional development through investment in regional tourism.
We support the focus on cycling and call on all parties to outline their policies in lead up to the national poll on 2 July.
The Cycling Promotion Fund’s Stephen Hodge said, ‘the Greens have recognised the fact that around four million Australians choose to ride a bike in any given week but millions more are just waiting for better paths with more separation before they take to two wheels.’
Bicycle Network’s CEO, Craig Richards, said ‘Our inactivity crisis is killing more than 14,000 Australians each year and putting many more at risk - by make bike riding easy for everyone, the Greens are making a bold commitment to the future health of the economy and all Australians.’
Bicycle NSW CEO, Ray Rice, added ‘we know major cycling networks return substantially better benefits to the economy than almost any road, for example Infrastructure Australia’s priority infrastructure list includes the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network that would return $3.88 for every dollar invested’.
Cycling Australia’s CEO, Nick Green, ‘Whether it is to follow in the footsteps of their Olympic heroes, to get fit, to commute, or for fun, Cycling Australia is committed to ensuring that millions of Australians have the appropriate infrastructure in place to create a safe and welcoming environment in which to ride their bikes every day.’
Bicycle Queensland CEO, Ben Wilson, added ‘congestion in some of the fastest growing populations in the country in SE Queensland is placing enormous pressure on our standard of living and productivity, this investment will boost the infrastructure we need to make the entire transport system run better for everyone.’
Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Phoebe Dunn, said ‘along with safe passing legislation Australia-wide, we welcome policies that support our safety focus and Manifesto for safer bike riding in Australia, including investment in cycling infrastructure.’
Bicycle SA’s Christian Haag, ‘In the 1970s only 15 per cent of primary school kids were driven to school, now it is 64 per cent and this investment can be used to create safe routes to school across the nation and a range of interventions to benefitting our indigenous children.’
WestCycle CEO Matt Fulton said ‘with all communities needing to address affordable and accessible mobility options for their residents, effective networks to join our shopping centres, schools and important local destinations by bicycle is a key way we can achieve this.’
Bicycling WA’s Jeremey Murray added ‘with around half of all our daily trips less than five kilometres, adding capacity for Australians to do more by bike can delay the need for investment in roads and make life better for drivers too – everyone would be happier!’
Pedal Power ACT’s Executive Officer John Armstrong said ‘whether you are eight or eighty, better infrastructure in vital for everyone who wants to cycle, I look forward to driving growth in cycling to a very realistic doubling or more to around five per cent of all trips in this country.’
Finally, Mountain Bike Australia’s Shane Coppin said ‘cycling infrastructure like rail trails and Mountain Bike parks have been critical in driving regional economic development and tourism for many rural and remote communities and we would expect to see further investments for those of us who want to spend time enjoying the Aussie outdoors.’
2016 Election Position of the Bicycle Sector
At the Australian Bicycle Summit in March 2016, every national and state bicycle organisation called for the next Australian Government to invest $10 per person per year in cycling infrastructure for each year of the next term of government.
Cycling Promotion Fund, Stephen Hodge, 0411 149 910
Bicycle Network, Craig Richards, 0400 520 437
Bicycle NSW, Ray Rice, 0419 495 150
Cycling Australia, Nick Green, 03 9998 6811
Bicycle Queensland, Ben Wilson, 0429 384 411
Amy Gillett Foundation, Phoebe Dunn, 0407 488 632
WestCycle, Matt Fulton, 0410 491 917
Bicycling WA, Jeremey Murray, 0419 867 837
Pedal Power ACT, John Armstrong, 0412 257 990
Mountain Bike Australia, Shane Coppin, 0417 045 702