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Candidate for Maribyrnong (VIC)
I live in city/suburb: Footscray
My commitment: With two young children in a city designed for private vehicles, cycling can be very challenging. At the moment, my primary vehicle is a Danish box-cycle. Box bikes present a different set of policy challenges: an uneven surface is annoying on a two-wheel bike but potentially deadly on a box bike, misplaced bollards can mean no access to off-road paths, obstacles like the Gipps St steps: forget it! I want to ensure that bike lanes, train station access points and bike corrals are wide enough and flat enough for box cycles. Being able to safely carry kids & shopping around the neighbourhood is the difference between needing a second car or choosing to cycle. Not owning a car saves my family heaps of money. Cycling keeps us healthy and happy; I want this to be an option for more families. The Maribyrnong Greens want to lift Council spending on bike infrastructure from $2.85 per resident, to Bicycle Network Victoria's recommended minimum of $5 per resident. We also want to work proactively with our neighbours in Hobson's Bay to advocate strongly for the completion of Federation Trail. I support BV's pragmatic campaign to secure the level crossing at Fogarty Ave, Yarraville. My husband rides over the notorious Shepherd's Bridge or through the Barkley St.- Whitehall Rd. intersection twice a day. For me, improving the safety of these black spots is not just good public policy, it's personal.
Details on this website: http://www.vic.greens.org.au/emily.sims (opens a new window)
Current sitting member: no