It is very exciting to be able to announce the birth of the Bicycle Coalition.
For a number of years the member based bike riding organisations in Australia have jointly supported the national roll out of the Ride to Work and Ride2School projects. Now the four largest groups have come together to form the Bicycle Coalition in order to advance the number of shared initiatives.
The member groups are different: we work in different political contexts and our bike riding peaks are in different months. Organisationally we have different histories; we see different opportunities; we have different strengths and different priorities. These differences are outweighed, however, by what we share. We share the aim of trying to convince people that 'Life is better on a bike!' We use similar methods - relying on support from members and riders who will pay to come on a ride. We have broadly similar strategies and celebrate the same sort of successes.
The member groups that make up the Coalition have a combined membership of over 60 000 and are in contact with a quarter of a million bike riders across Australia. We know that through frequent communication and regular meetings we can establish and extend a base of agreement about bike riding issues; present common positions to government, community and business; develop shared intellectual property and develop shared ventures and initiatives. We believe that the work of the Coalition will significantly enhance the ability of each group to achieve its purpose.
The Coalition has already identified a number of initiatives that we can unanimously endorse. We have also developed a list of initiatives that we think can be added to that list. These initiatives and potential initiatives are listed along with the Charter of the Coalition.
We would be interested to hear your views. You may want to suggest some issues that would be appropriate to address as a Coalition. Please contact us - Alex Unwin, Bicycle NSW...Ben Wilson, Bicycle Queensland...Christian Haag, Bicycle South Australia..Harry Barber, Bicycle Victoria.
Our purpose is: 'Life is better on a bike.'
The Bicycle Coalition exists to help achieve the endorsed organisational strategies of the member groups.
The Bicycle Coalition makes all decisions by unanimous agreement of the member groups. The exception is expulsion of one member by all of the others. The members are represented in the Coalition by the senior executives who will meet regularly. Coalition initiatives will be achieved by delegating tasks to members.
We have endorsed two national social marketing programs:
We have endorsed a national effort at rider education:
We intend to establish joint positions on the following Commonwealth and State legislation and policy: