Bicycle Network: Vote4Cycling
Twenty-two Australian bike organisations have joined up to place bike riding front and centre during the 2013 federal Election
Coalition runs flat on bike policy
5 September 2013. The Federal Coalition is coasting to the federal election with no air in its bike policies, with the ALP at least making an effort, while The Greens are all pumped up.
These are the conclusions reached after examining the involvement of candidates and parties with the Vote4Cycling campaign.
You can see the full report here.
The Coalition, although its leader is a keen bike rider, determinedly ignored the nation's four million regular bike riders.
The ALP, which has got the States to sign on National Cycling Strategy, has undertaken to pressure State Governments to incorporate bike facilities in all Federally-funded urban roads.
The ALP's Mark Dreyfuss, who is Federal Attorney General and a strong supporter of the work of Bicycle Network, was the one of the few Canberra politicians to lodge policies with the Vote4Cycling web site.
The Greens' Adam Bandt revealed a comprehensive bike policy which included $50M to build priority bike routes identified by Bicycle Network, including the Shepherds Bridge replacement.
He also pledged a further $5 million to allow inner Melbourne councils to fast-track unfunded projects such as the Yarra North Bank viaduct.
Cyclists steer election path
14 August 2013. As Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott sprint to the election finish, a lead-out team has joined them on the road to make sure cycling policies on are on the winner’s podium on election night.
Australia’s major cycling organisations have joined forces to create an election platform and give Australia’s four million bike riders a voice in the 2013 election.
The Vote4Cycling election campaign was launched today by the first ever partnership of 22 national, state and community cycling organisations from around the country.
The group maintains cycling is now one of the largest constituencies in this country, growing rapidly, and deserves a place at the policy table.
Vote4Cycling spokesman, Stephen Hodge, said: “The political parties have to realise that a huge number of Australians are now riding bikes and they want their concerns recognised and addressed.
‘There is a groundswell and shift in public opinion for cycling underway and we will be contacting as many candidates as possible around the country and asking them to post their positions on the Vote4Cycling website,
‘We will present the names collected in our online Vote4Cycling campaign to the leaders of all major parties during the election campaign in the hope we can secure multi-party support and commitment for our policy proposals.’
‘We encourage everyone, whether a cyclist or not, to visit Vote4Cycling, sign the Vote4Cycling petition and have a look at what your local candidate plans to do in your local electorate.’
The campaign is driven by a web-based policy portal, which invites candidates to register their policies for cycling, an online ‘I Vote4Cycling’ petition for the public, Vote4Cycling election policy proposal and coverage of major party policies for cycling.
Click the COUNT ME IN! button to participate.
Vote4Cycling key facts:
- The website can be found at www.Vote4Cycling.com.au
- National ‘I Vote4Cycling’ online petition.
- Opportunity for all 740+ candidates in the election to post their policies and promises
- Secure, dedicated webpages via a login provided to every candidate.
Key benefits of more Australians cycling:
- Cycling is the best, and for many people the only, way to get the desired level of daily physical activity required for health and mental wellbeing. Physical inactivity is now the second biggest cause of preventable chronic disease after smoking (WHO)
- Cycling has proved to be an effective weapon against ‘Diabetes Time Bomb’ that is set to hit Australia in the next decade, with associated, crippling health costs.
- Riding to work and education can significantly reduce costly road congestion and ease the pressure on overcrowded public transport.
- Riding to School powerfully develops confidence and independence—Australian parents want their kids to have the same great childhood experience at they did on a bike.
The Australian Vote4Cycling Partnership comprises:
National and state cycling bodies: Amy Gillett Foundation; Bicycle Industries Australia; Bicycle Network; Bicycle New South Wales; Bicycle NT; Bicycle Queensland; Bike SA; Bicycle Tasmania; Bicycling Western Australia; Cycling Australia; Cycling Promotion Fund; Pedal Power ACT; Rail Trails Australia; WestCycle.
Community Organisations: Bicycles Network Australia; Bike North; BIKESydney; Brisbane Cyclist; Go! Alliance; Melbourne Cyclist; Sydney Cyclist.