MORE SPACE FOR BIKES

Let your local politicians know that you want more space for bikes as we welcome the increase in riding during the COVID-19 restrictions.

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The problem

Our trails are bike routes are at capacity as more people get into bike riding as a way to exercise and get outside during COVID-19 restrictions.
We also don’t have enough on-road bike lanes which could help more people ride and help with physical distancing.

With the COVID-19 restrictions in place we have seen many more people take to our trails, shared paths and parks to walk, ride and run for exercise. Bike shops have also been selling out of bikes.

The problem is that we don’t have enough space to facilitate the rapid growth in bike riding or for people to properly practice physical distancing and stay 1.5 metres.

Many people are getting on bikes for the first time or after a long absence. They are not comfortable riding on roads among traffic, so other than riding on busy trails and paths, there are no other options for them. 

Without a change we may not capitalise on the increased interest in bike riding. We must take this opportunity to help keep people on bikes and turn Australia into a nation of riders.

The solution

Local and state government can transform roads to make more room for bikes and help keep people riding.

All around the world cities are recognised that there is not enough space for people walking and riding to physically distance safely. 

While traffic is so light they are taking road space normally set aside for vehicles and widening existing bike lanes, or simply putting new ones in.

Some cities are closing streets to through traffic or dropping the speed limits significantly to create safer places for people walking and riding. Roads inside parks are also being shut to cars.

Australian cities should do the same thing to support people who are riding bikes and help them continue to be active and healthy.

Creating more space for bikes would not only help during the coronavirus lockdown, but also when restrictions begin ease off and people decide whether they should return to public transport and cars, or keep riding a bike.

Pedalling to a better normal

Bicycle Network’s Pedalling to a better normal is a six month plan to safeguard our health, create jobs and improve the spending power of Australians as we work our way out of the COVID-19 crisis.

The $904 million bike riding stimulus package calls on all three levels of government to unite to build pop-up bike lanes and incentivise cycling.

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Write to your local politicians

Our local councillors and parliamentarians should know that people are eager to have more safer spaces to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, so write to them, Facebook them, Tweet them or call them and let them know what you think.

If there is a particular road you think would be suitable to have pop-up bike lanes, wider paths or slower speed limits in your area, let them know. Photographs are also helpful to make your case.

You can click here to find contact details for politicians in each state of Australia.

Here’s a few easy ways you can help get more space created for people walking and riding.

Write to the politicians

Contact your local member of parliament or mayor to let them know you need more space for bikes.

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