On Saturday's Sunrise, the Cycling Promotion Fund's Stephen Hodge tackled some of jaded anti-cycling rhetoric when he appeared with 2GB's Chris Smith, ex-3AW's Derryn ('cyclists are cockroaches) Hinch, and Safe Cycling Australia's Dave Sharp. With over 3 minutes of the segment, cycling did exceptionally well in the segment and managed to steer the conversation away from the traditional dead-ends to talk about the opportunity for Australia's cities to move towards a more active, healthy and productive future.
In the midst of a federal election campaign with little opportunity for cycling's agenda to receive any coverage at all, this was an opportunity for the CPF to get the message out that what is needed is investment in appropriate infrastructure to get cycling moving in this country. This is the position that was adopted nationally at the Australian Bicycle Summit by every state, territory and national bicycle organisation in the country when it called for the next Australian Government to invest $10 per person into infrastructure.
Since then the Greens announced they were matching that call with a $250 million commitment over four years and the Australian Cyclists Party have called for a commitment of double that, or $480 million, over the same period. It is worth pointing out that $10 per person is only around 1% of the transport budget nationally, and with well in excess of 1% of all trips nationally already being by bicycle, this would not seem to be out of line from an equity or fairness point of view.