Cycling appears to be growing in popularity. But funds don’t seem to be following the trend. 

When it comes to funding cycling, politicians and political parties generally remain quiet, opting for more ‘grandiose’ funding projects (i.e. a new freeway).

The Greens recently promised to establish a $250 million active transport fund if they win the July election.

In a recent article for Crikey, however, Alan Davies, notes that “it’s only one tenth of the $2.5 billion p.a. the Greens are promising to spend nationally on public transport.”

While The Greens should be congratulated for their commitment (it is more than any other party has promised so far), there’s definitely a disconnect in Australian politics between getting people on bikes and providing appropriate funding.

Approximately 2% of trips in South Australia are made by Bicycle. Yet in the 2013-14 state transport budget there was less than one half of 1 per cent dedicated to cycling, according to State Greens MP Mark Parnell.

At the end of the day, cycling offers so many solutions to South Australia’s problems. It’s a win for congestion, for rising health care cost and a bike friendly city could help Adelaide flex its tourism credentials even further.

Let’s face it, modal share follows the money. If you don’t fund and build infrastructure for cycling, then we will always struggle to reach the critical mass and turn Adelaide into the mecca of cycling in the Southern Hemisphere.

Further Reading

  • Alan Davies (Editor for the Urbanist) has written yet another well evidenced and interesting article here.  Alan writes through a lens that distills the complex and presents an argument with clarity.