Bicycle Network has begun meeting with NSW MPs to discuss the key asks from its state budget submission and why funding is vitally needed to get NSW moving.
Meetings have held with the below members of the NSW Legislative Council this week, as well as with the NSW Department of Health and the Heard Foundation.
- The Hon. Walt Secord MP – shadow health minister,
- The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MP – who holds the industry and transport portfolio
- The Hon. Dr Mehreen Faruqi MP – member of the joint standing committee on road safety and member of the portfolio committee on industry and transport
Discussions have been positive, with MPs understanding the role bikes play in the community and agree that they have a lot to offer in terms of public health, increasing levels of physical activity, reducing congestion and carbon pollution.
While steps are definitely being taken forward and the state government has changed in recent times, there are still bike sceptics within the ranks. Bicycle Network will continue to push, but bike riders in the community can also help lead the charge.
If you think your local MP isn't doing as much as they should for bikes, get in touch and tell them.
You can draw on your own experiences and tell them where you think better places to ride are most needed, and also share Bicycle Network's submission.
The submission includes four key asks:
- Establish a $233 million+ annual bike fund
- Invest in state-wide behaviour change programs
- Introduce and commit to positive provisioning
- Expand opportunities for recreational cycling and cycle tourism
To see the full details of Bicycle Network's NSW budget submission, download a copy and see how you can take action, click here.NSW Budget Submission