As we all sift laboriously through the federal election messages bombarding us from letterbox to TV and every device in between, you might be wondering where all the cycling related announcements are.
Bike SA’s federal advocacy efforts have swung behind the Bicycle Summit Coalition (which includes the state organisations of QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/WA as well as the Amy Gillett Foundation and Cycling Australia).
Our joint policy position will be released next week, so we will keep you posted on that. This work is consistent with our Commitments delivered previously through the annual Australian Bicycle Summit, held each year in Canberra.
The first party to make an announcement on funding for cycling is the Greens.
The Greens have made a very significant national commitment of $10 billion over the next four years to improve public transport and encourage active transport choices.
For those of us who ride a bicycle, the important figure is an amount of $250 million per year allocated to improve cycling infrastructure across the country. A commitment on this level is unprecedented and Bike SA certainly commends the Greens for it.
Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said they would allocate $18 million to fund the completion of the Frome Street Bikeway.
“For a city that prides itself on its annual celebration of cycling with the Tour Down Under, we invest very little in cycling infrastructure, amounting to less than $3 per person.”
“Under the Greens’ plan, South Australia would see around $70 million invested into improving bikeways and cycling infrastructure;
- Completion of Adelaide’s Frome Street Bikeway to the River Torrens, $18 million
- East-West cycling corridor along Waymouth St (fully separated bike lanes as per Frome Street), $6 million
- Stage 4 of the Amy Gillett Bikeway through the Adelaide Hills (Mount Torrens to Birdwood), $2.6 million”
Bike SA provided advice on funding ratios across the following priority areas;
- Arterial network – our famous ‘disappearing bike lanes’
- Adelaide CBD separated cycling network completion
- Public transport hub cycling facilities – covered bike parking etc
- Adelaide City Council and ring council’s public bike-share scheme
- Cycle tourism – Mt Lofty’s as an international mountain bike destination
- Intervention program development for improved public health outcomes
We anticipate the major parties will be making relevant announcements in coming weeks and we will keep you informed.
As South Australia’s peak cycling body, we’ll be pushing for more investment in cycling on the federal level over the coming weeks. Make sure you become a member today and help create a brighter future for all road users.