Australian Bicycle Summit

Australian Bicycle Summit - Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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Above: Canberra's iconic Lobby Restaurant was the venue for the 2016 Summit Parliamentary Dinner.

Australian bicycle organisations and industry leaders came together again in Canberra for the national Bicycle Summit on Wednesday, 16th March.

The Summit is the key opportunity every year for Australian cycling organisations to discuss a national agenda for cycling and build consensus for a unified approach to federal government.

Following Prime Minister Turnbull’s focus on a new engagement in the Cities Agenda and appointment of the Hon Angus Taylor as Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Bicycle Summit was one of the first occasions to hear from Minister Taylor about his plans in the Ministerial Key Note Address.

The Summit was also privileged to hear from US President Obama's appointee and Executive Director of the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Ms Shellie Pfohl, who discussed the work in the US that has seen the rate of childhood obesity decline for the first time in history. Ms Pfohl provided the Key Note Address.

The Parliamentary hosts for the event were the Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Giles MP and Senator Janet Rice. Each was able to present their thoughts to the assembled Parliamentarians, industry and bike sector guests. The work done over several years with Parliamentarians means the bicycle sector has a strong network that enables effective government relations efforts to be undertaken to raise issues in favour of better conditions for bicycle riders.

All Australian bicycle sector organisations were present at the event (just the NT couldn't make it), and announced their policy platform for the 2016 federal election campaign, agreed to by all organisations during the Summit sessions on the day.

While the principal element of the campaign was announced - a national $10 per person, per year investment in bicycle infrastructure - full development of the campaign materials, background and actions will be undertaken to coincide with the elections when they are announced.

The following official statement was made to the Minister, attending Members of Parliament, industry and guests: 



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The Australian bicycle summit calls on the government to invest in Australia's future by enabling more people to ride their bikes every day through an infrastructure investment of $10 per person per annum.

This investment relieves our congested cities and local communities, solves our sedentary lifestyle crisis, and provides economic, safety and environmental benefits.



Major awards were also announced in the Cycling Promotion Fund's national Cycling Luminaries Awards in the categories of Bike Culture and Behaviour Change, Infrastructure and the Built Environment and Leadership.

A few of the highlights from this gala occasion follow.


Principal Key Note Address - Ms Shellie Pfohl

Executive Director, President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

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 Link to President's Council: here


Ministerial Key Note Address

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Hon Angus Taylor MP

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Link to transcript of Minister's speech: here 


Cycling Luminary Award for Leadership

Craig Wooldridge, WA Department of Transport

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Awards website: here


Cycling Luminary Award for Infrastructure and Built Environment

The Barossa Council for the Bike Hub

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Awards website: here


Cycling Luminary Award for Bike Culture and Behaviour Change

The A Metre Matters campaign - the Amy Gillett Foundation

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Awards website: here


Industry leaders from the Better Cities supporting peak bodies which include PIA, ALGA, BIC, ARA, REIA, CCCLM, GBCA, PCA

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Bicycle Industries Australia GM, Peter Bourke with Barossa Council guests, Joanne Thomas and Heidi Helbig

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Shadow Minister for Cities, Hon Anthony Albanese with ACT Minister for Transport & Municipal Services, Meegan Fitzharris and Stephen Hodge

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Deputy Head of Mission, Danish Royal Embassy Ole Neustrup and Trade Advisor, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Lilian Melink

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Minister Taylor with Trent Zimmerman MP and the CPF's Stephen Hodge

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Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and Robyn Coulton, Jeff Ibbotson, Justin White, Andrew McEwin & Dave Mohr

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Petrina Quinn, Michael Yang, Craig Wooldridge, Ben Wilson, Abraham Wile and Craig Richards

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Jeremey Murray, Graeme Moffett, Sara Stace, with Rodney & Kathy Tolley (Walk21)

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Chris Langdon, Sam Salter, Andrew Giles MP, Kuga Kugarthas and Peter Bourke

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Chris Simpson, Dave Evans, Ray Rice, Sarah Smith and Phil Latz

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Andy Turnbull, Heidi Helbig, Joanne Thomas, Kurt Rihs, Omar Khalifa, Ed Hore and Dr Damien Hickman

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Contact for more information: Stephen Hodge, Government Relations Manager, mobile 0411 149 910.



Australian Bicycle Summit 2015

 Australia’s top state bike riding advocacy organisations and industry leaders united at the inaugural Australian Bicycle Summit, held at Parliament House in Canberra on the 3rd and 4th March.

Eleven bicycle advocacy orgnisations from around Australia came together at the summit, which highlighted the economic, social and environmental benefits of cycling and identified solutions to generate the investment and policies required to get more Australians cycling. 

The Parliamentary Dinner was a highlight with substantial representation from MPs and Senators and dual Key Note Address from global travel demand guru, Rose McArthur (Mott McDonald), and Director of Engineering Services (and Active Transport expert) at the City of Gold Coast, Alton Twine.

The Summit was followed up by the national advocate organisations taking their position to a series of meetings with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, MPs and Senators the next day.  

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Above: eleven bicycle organisations joined for the 2015 Australian Bicycle Summit.

Below is the statement released following the summit:

Australian Bicycle Summit 2015 Canberra

On 3 March, the Australian Bicycle Summit met in Canberra to develop an ambitious vision to make Australia more productive through the implementation of policy options to get more Australians cycling.

We are seeking consideration of the following outcomes as the first steps towards a healthier and safer Australia.

Increasing the number of Australians cycling will help to address critical challenges confronting the Australian community, in particular:


Challenge: Transport congestion and a lack of comprehensive active travel infrastructure is having a significant impact on national productivity at an estimated cost of $20 billion per annum by 2020.

Solution: Ensure that infrastructure projects funded through transport investment programs reflect all transport modes including riding and walking infrastructure as part of the works.

Outcome: Safe cycling infrastructure increases the uptake of cycling within the community. More cycling friendly communities enhance property values, increase opportunities for local small business and develop a more productive and engaged workforce.


Challenge: While the overall road toll has decreased by 3.7 per cent per year, bicycle rider fatalities have risen by around 7.4 per cent year on year over the past five years.

Solution: Carry out a broader safety review including directing your department to support the Australian Road Rules Maintenance Group to assess a minimum overtaking distance as part of the Model Australian Road Rules. Half of the States and Territories have already adopted or committed to trialing safe overtaking rules to protect bicycle riders.

Outcome: A safer Australia as part of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2015‐2017.


Challenge: Inactivity related illnesses are on track to become the biggest killer of Australians at a cost of $58 billion in indirect costs per annum.

Solution: Australia needs a national approach to physical inactivity to address chronic diseases. The national approach should prioritise the active travel options of riding and walking.

Outcome: A more active Australia. A significant reduction in health spending; increased national productivity and better quality of life.

The cycling sector wants to work collaboratively with the Commonwealth Government to deliver these outcomes for Australia.

Key Note Address

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Above: Alton Twine, City of Gold Coast and travel demand management expert (London Olympics 2012, Glasgow & Gold Coast Commonwealth Games) Rose McArthur both provided compelling key note addresses on the potential of cycling to change the game in our centres and cities.

Parliamentary Speakers

Below: Assistant Minister for Education and Rider on the Hill, Hon Luke Hartsuyker with Ambassadors, His Excellency Mr Børge Petersen (Denmark) and Her Excellency Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok (Netherlands).

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Above: MC Stephen Hodge and Her Excellency Mrs Ruigrok discuss Dutch cycling and the Study Tour organised to Netherlands by CPF & Netherlands Govt last September for senior transport officials, city transport executives and motoring groups.

Riders on the Hill

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Above: the Riders on the Hill (Parliamentary cycling group) attended the Australian Bicycle Summit Dinner in force! Here with their Excellencies the Ambassadors of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Denmark and Key Note Speakers, Rose McArthur and Alton Twine

(left to right; Dr Andrew Laming MP, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Andrew Taylor, Eric Hutchinson MP, Hon Bernie Ripoll MP, Dr David Gillespie MP, Rose McArthur, Matt Williams MP, Stephen Hodge, Her Excellency Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Mark Coulton MP, Angus Taylor MP, His Excellency Mr Petersen, Alton Twine, Greg Kachel (Office Senator John Williams).

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Above: Bernie Ripoll takes a tour with Dr David Gillespie and Stephen Hodge looking on.

Power assisted electric bike event for MPs and Senators at Parliament House

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Above: Phil Latz explains e-bikes to Anthony Albanese, Bernie Ripoll and Stephen Hodge.

Above: Paul van Bellen fits Senator Lisa Singh for an e-bike test ride.

Below: Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens Transport Spokesperson, comes for a look despite an injured ankle preventing her from going for a ride. Later in the day her motion on cycling safety, the #OzBikeSummit and support for better investment and infrastructure for cycling was passed in the Senate. Her motion made special mention of the tragic death of Alberto Paulon earlier in the week and conveyed the condolence of the Senate to his friends and family.

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Above: Senator David Leyonhjelm came down to find out more about Pedelecs as well.

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Above: The Australian bicycle industry were strong supporters for the  e-bike testing event at Parliament House for the Australian Bicycle Summit.


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Summit program






Bringing the sector together, the summit will also feature the first time that key Australian bicycle brands have joined with the advocacy sector to develop a unified platform.

Featuring leading bicycle brands including Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, Merida, Derby, Shimano and SRAM

With the outstanding knowledge in Canberra, the sector 

The industry will undertake a program including:

  • Overview of the Australian and International E-bike 'scene'
  • Australian bicycle data - what there is, what are the gaps and what the industry is willing to do
  • ACCC - the future of Australian Standards
  • Workshop - current issues and what the idustry can do
  • Meetings with relevant Parliaemntarians and their staff

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