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Moving Australia 2030
Report to the Federal Government on Transport Policy
No bikes, no moolah, say Feds
21 March 2013. Bikes will have to be considered in all major infrastructure projects that are seeking Commonwealth funding, the Federal Government has proposed.
Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, announced this that the provision of safe and active travel options would have to be built into the design of any projects that receive federal funding under the next tranche of the Commonwealth's nation building program.
In announcing the new 'positive provision' policy, Mr Albanese said that although cars still dominated, active forms of transport such as walking, cycling and catching public transport were now becoming mainstream.
"This will mean that federally funded urban transport infrastructure projects must consider whether provision has been made for appropriate cycling and walking paths," he said.
"When we build a bridge we shouldn't consider it only as a carriageway for car traffic, we should also ensure that it caters for walkers and cyclers, avoiding the hefty cost of retrofitting infrastructure in the future."
The Minister was launching the Moving Australia 2030 report. The report was produced by a taskforce that included the Australian Local Government Assoc, Australasian Railways Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, International Union of Public Transport, National Heart Foundation, Planning Institute of Australia and Tourism and Transport Forum.
Among the recommendations of the report:
- Public transport, walking and bicycling will account for more than 30 per cent of all passenger trips in our capital cities
- Fund and expand initiatives that incorporate health in urban planning to create healthy and sustainable outcomes
- Develop and fund a national active travel strategy embracing walking, cycling and public transport, building on recommendations of the Walking, Riding and Public Transport discussion paper (2012).
- The introduction of a State by State ‘Better Use’ research program for existing public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure.
- Implement targeted incentives or ride to work incentive schemes to increase bicycling mode share as a percentage of all trips to work and education
- Any carbon pricing system to be undertaken by the Australian Government to reflect the environmental impacts and benefits of different modes of transport and include complimentary measures such as investment in encouraging low-carbon transport choice; public transport, walking and cycling
- By 2030 the road transport sector will use 30 per cent less fuel
The report also recommended the renewal and expansion of the $40 million National Bike Path program.