Victorian State Election 2018

Election tracker

We’re tracking and grading the commitments made by Victoria’s major parties against the areas that matter to us: bikes, health and transport.

Make sure your vote counts for bikes this election.  

Victoria Votes

How are they tracking?

Announcements, commitments and promises are coming in thick and fast from all parties with the election campaign officially kicking off.

Below, we’ll track the major announcements that may directly or indirectly impact people who ride.

We’ve also graded them against our own election priorities and key asks. Check out Bicycle Network priorities this Victorian election.

Some of the commitments are broad and taken directly from election platforms, others are specific projects or policies. 

Have we missed a commitment? Our tracker will be updated regularly. But if there’s an announcement we’ve missed, please let us know at campaigns@bicyclenetwork.com.au

ELECTION PRIORITIES

BIKES

LABOR

GRADE: C+

Some significant bike infrastructure commitments, but no ongoing funding for Ride2School or polices/programs that make it easier to ride. 

LIBERAL/COALITION:

 

GRADE: C

No commitments to improving bike infrastructure other than one rail trail. No mention of bikes in policy paper either. However, pledged support for minimum passing distance law.

GREENS: 

  • $250M commitment to boost bike riding which includes:
    • 17km continuous bike corridor from Coburg to Elsternwick along St Kilda and Sydney Roads 
    • The expansion of regional bike tourism and Melbourne bike share
    • A cycling safety campaign to make drivers and cyclists aware of their responsibilities on sharing the road,
    • a Parliamentary Inquiry of existing cycling laws focusing on the safety, accessibility and barriers to cycling.
    • Metropolitan Bike Network
    • Work to develop & implement strategies to deliver safe cycling opportunities for women.
  • Funding cycling infrastructure independant of road projects
  • Cycling integration with public transport hubs
  • Minimum passing distance law
  • $7.5 million to upgrade the Walmer Street Bridge, Richmond.
  • Deliver on a cycle-friendly solution to the Gipps Street steps
  • A new South Richmond to Burnley rail corridor route
  • A new Box Hill to CBD cycle route
  • the Rushall Reserve cycle route

GRADE: A

Strong four-year commitment to boosting bike riding across Victoria. No commitment to Ride2School. 

TRANSPORT

LABOR

  • West Gate Tunnel by 2022
  • Train from Melbourne to the airport
  • North East Link by 2027
  • Western Rail Plan 2023
  • Suburban Rail Loop
  • Metro Tunnel
  • 25 additional level crossing removals
  • 11,000 new car parks for train stations as part of $150 million Car Parks for Commuters Fund 

GRADE: B-

Building roads and rail present opportunities to connect bike networks. Missed opportunity for additional bike parking at train stations.

LIBERALS

  • Remove traffic lights and roundabouts from 55 busy and congested intersections across Melbourne and Geelong using grade-separations
  • High speed passenger rail across all of Victoria traveling at speeds of
    up to 200 kmh.
  • Upgrading Melbourne’s metropolitan network with rail extensions to Clyde and Baxter as well as duplicating the Hurstbridge line.
  • Building a ‘Super Highway’ – a North East Link and an East West Link
    with the West Gate Tunnel.
  • Train from Melbourne to the airport
  • Car registration discounts for some P-Platers
  • $600M Dingly Freeway

GRADE: C

Heavy focus on roads and rail present opportunities to connect bike networks. However, the impacts of removing traffic lights at 55 intersections has faced criticism from traffic engineers and planners.  

GREENS

  • Extend Melbourne Metro to provide rail to people in the western suburbs and Melton, and the south-eastern suburbs beyond Cranbourne, and interchange with South Yarra and station upgrades at South Kensington and Caulfield
  • Plan for the Melbourne Metro 2 rail project now.
  • Transform bus networks by upgrading some of Melbourne’s busiest bus routes
  • Upgrade all tram routes in a decade to include level access stops along entire routes, better separation from traffic and traffic light priority, and manufacture of 30 new high capacity trams every year for the next 10 years
  • Scrap West Gate Tunnel and North East Link
  • See the full list in Transforming Transport

GRADE: B

Focus on rail, bus and tram connections that provide greater transport alternatives to cars. 

PHYSCIAL ACTIVITY

LABOR

  • No current commitments for increasing physical activity for adults or young people.
  • See Labor’s health plan

GRADE: F

No commitments

LIBERAL COALITION

GRADE: E

Good to see some focus on physical activity, however we’d like to see a commitment to funding long-term and sustainable preventative health activities.

GREENS

  • Greens election plan says that they are committed to “boosting preventative health strategies” but no specific commitment to increasing physical activity. 

GRADE: E

Broad commitment to preventative health but no specific commitment for increasing physical activity. 

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