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Cycling Promotion Fund welcomes Labour's commitment to fund the national cycling strategy

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CPF Media Release - 2016 Federal Election

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Cycling Promotion Fund welcomes Labor’s commitment to
fund the national cycling strategy

 

The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) has today welcomed the announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.25m to fund the national cycling strategy and the Australian Bicycle Council.

The commitment complements the Shadow Minister for Cities announcement in March at the Sydney Institute on sustainability requirements for all major transport projects to ensure walking and cycling options are included.

IMG 5852Speaking from the Greenway in Sydney, the CPF’s Stephen Hodge said ‘It’s time the choice of 4 million Australians who cycle each week is taken more seriously. 

‘Funding the national strategy is a key element needed to make the choice to ride a bike accessible, convenient and safer,’ said Hodge. 

Under the previous strategy, the Australian Bicycle Council managed national data collection, the mainstreaming of cycling infrastructure planning across states and territories, and the development of robust economic modelling across Australia — but much more is needed. 

‘Australia is faced with congestion that cost $16.5bn to the economy in 2015 alone, and a crisis that sees 14,000 deaths each year attributable to physical inactivity.

‘The economic case for investment in active forms of transport is clear and must be front and centre of every decision taken when Governments fund major transport projects, especially in our cities.

‘Currently, around 4 million Australians cycle each week and 36% ride a bike throughout the year – this is a massive opportunity for our next Government provided there is investment in infrastructure that reflects the choices made everyday by those 4 million kids and adults across the country. 

‘We call on all parties to recognise the choices already being made by so many Australians to cycle and fund not only the national strategy, but also the infrastructure investments needed to make cycling accessible, safe and convenient again,’ said Hodge.

2016 Election Position of the Bicycle Sector

At the Australian Bicycle Summit in March, the Cycling Promotion Fund joined with every national and state bicycle organisation in a call for the next Australian Government to invest $10 per person for each year of the next term of government in cycling infrastructure. More information here.

Further information: Stephen Hodge, Mob. 0411 149 910 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) is an initiative of the bicycle industry in Australia and is committed to promoting and encouraging cycling and advocating for policies and investments to make cycling accessible, safe and convenient. More information: www.cyclingpromotion.com.au

 

Cities Summit promotes smart cities but budget continues focus on major roads

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Media release distributed Weds, 4th May 2016

In a big week for the Government, a major Smart Cities Summit excited a nation of transport and planning experts, Morrison’s first Budget continued a focus on roads and in the middle of it all the Senate Committee looking into Aspects of Road Safety slipped out an interim report with a safe passing distance legislation for vulnerable road users a key recommendation.

The past week has seen an invitation-only national forum in which the Prime Minister launched the Smart Cities Plan White Paper supported by the Assistant Minister for Cities, Environment Minister and Minister for Major Projects.Some of the best minds in economic, transport and planning policy were present to debate a new approach to funding for City Deals to drive liveability, sustainability and de-congestion in our cities.

The Cycling Promotion Fund was invited to participate as a peak body in the Summit in which policy approaches for productivity and global competitiveness were discussed. The need to calculate a wider range of benefits such as health, liveability and environmental benefits also recognised the significant limitations that apply when only travel time benefits are calculated for major transport projects.

The endorsement by Summit participants for these wider outcomes, that are key benefits provided when more people cycle for transport, was a big positive for the CPF and we looked to the Budget to get a clearer idea of where the stated ‘$50 million for accelerated planning and development works on major transformational infrastructure projects’ would come from.

The 2016 Budget last night contained $4.6 million for implementing the National Cities Agenda and a large number of major road projects but the investments announced at the Summit appear to be sourced from re-purposing existing infrastructure investment programs.The CPF strongly supports the Smart Cities agenda, but notes that the funding of $4.6m for the Cities Taskforce is removed after 2017-18.

To drive this agenda, a commitment must come from the Commonwealth to enforce a positive provision for active transport modes when they are funding major transport infrastructure. This is not an easy task with such an engrained roads culture across the federal bureaucracy but is vital to ensure the productivity and community benefits are locked in for future productivity.We note that this is a priority area for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet:

‘improving the productivity, liveability and accessibility of cities through reforms that stimulate economic growth and ensure the wellbeing of current and future generations of Australians’2.The relatively low cost of including infrastructure for cycling and walking when incorporated at an early project planning stage can super-charge the quality of the resulting infrastructure and enhance many of the wider benefits sought by the Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Cities and we look forward to supporting them in this task.

The Cycling Promotion Fund calls on the Government to pursue these aims in all investments it makes in nationally significant infrastructure and we look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Taylor to make the choice to cycle for short trips a real option for many more Australians.

Budget key points:

  • $4.6 million in 2016‑17 to expand the Cities Taskforce and drive implementation of the Government's agenda for Australian cities.
  • Increases in Road to Recovery and Black Spot funding from 2019
  • $75 million for urban congestion in Victoria (funding already provided)

up to $50.0 million to allow the Commonwealth to adopt a more active role in preparing project and business cases with the states and territories (funding to be met from within the existing resources of the Infrastructure Investment Programme)

Financial Assistance Grant programme continued. Funds are untied, allowing councils to prioritise funding based on community need—whether to infrastructure, health, recreation, environment or employment projects. $2.3 billion will be allocated in 2016–17.

Aspects of Road Safety – interim report

In the midst of a busy Budget night, an interim report for the Senate Inquiry into Aspects of Road Safety in Australia was released. Of note for cycling, key recommendations covering better data, safety for vulnerable road users and better driver training are:

  1. Recommendation 1: 1.44 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government commit $150 000 for three years from 2016-17 to fund the continued operation of the Australian Trauma Registry.
  2. Recommendation 2: 1.66 The committee recommends that the National Transport Commission amend the model Australian Road Rules to mandate a safe passing distance for drivers overtaking cyclists of one metre where the speed limit is 60 kilometres per hour or lower and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is higher, and
  3. Recommendation 12: 3.50 The committee recommends that the Australian Curriculum includes road awareness training for both primary and secondary school students.

Contacts for more information and comments:

Stephen Hodge, Government Relations Manager, Cycling Promotion Fund.Mob 0411 149 910,

email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., web.www.cyclingpromotion.com.au.

References:

  1. http://budget.gov.au/2016-17/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-20.htm
  2. http://www.dpmc.gov.au/pmc/publication/portfolio-budget-statements-2016-2017
  3. http://budget.gov.au/2016-17/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-18.htm
  4. http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/2016-17-pmc-portfolio-budget-statements.pdf
  5. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/Road_safety/Interim_Report

 

Why the work of the CPF is critical!

On Friday the 29th of April, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities hosted the Australian Cities Summit in Melbourne with an invited audience of national opinion leaders, Ministers and capital city lord mayors.

Opening the summit and launching the Smart Cities Plan White Paper was the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Minister Taylor, the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and the Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher, chairing the three working roundtables.

Guests in attendance included the Lord Mayors of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin, as well as critical thought leaders such as the CEOs of Infrastructure Australia, the Gratton Institute, Committee for Sydney, Business and Property Councils of Australia and many more leading researchers and business sector leaders.

This Summit is the foundation for coalition federal policies in transport, planning, investment and liveability for our major cities – the 18 largest cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants across Australia.

The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) was invited to participate to represent cycling as a national peak organisation at the Summit and roundtable discussions on the White Paper launched by the PM.

If cycling is to be considered a legitimate form of transport across Australia and included in the funding policies of Australian governments, then it is vital to be included in these forums. It is due to our strategic work over the last decade and positioning of the CPF at this level that we were invited to participate at the Summit.

The Summit provided the opportunity for critical conversations such as the focus on 30-minute cities, and acknowledgement of the benefits when city design and investment includes measures to increase liveability and connectivity, in which walking and cycling are of course critical to enhancing mobility choice.

Further to the engagement at the Summit, a seat at the table also legitimises cycling and provides the platform for invaluable discussions with political, business and research leaders in Australia. Many of these will be followed up by the CPF in coming weeks.

Through the investment of the bicycle industry, the CPF has given cycling a voice at the very highest levels of the national transport and cities agenda, but it can only continue to do this with the ongoing engagement and commitment of the whole industry.

All members of the industry, large and small, stand to gain from the work of the CPF. If you are not a member, don’t rely on others to create the environment for cycling and a future you want for your industry —

Become a member of the CPF today!

Australian bicycle sector response to NGTSM review

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Australian bicycle organisations have jointly responded to an important review of the National Guidelines for Transport System Management (NGTSM) today.

The response has been supported and co-signed by almost all national and state advocacy and sport cycling organisations, specifically:

Bicycle Industries Australia, Bicycle Network, Bicycle NSW, Bicycle NT, Bicycle QLD, Bicycle SA, Bicycling WA, Cycling Australia, Cycling Promotion Fund, Mountainbike Australia, Pedal Power (ACT) and WestCycle.

The NGTSM outlines best practice for transport planning and assessment in Australia and, for the first time ever, the current review of the NGTSM has included methods for the assessment of active travel and wider benefits such as key health benefits. This provides for a much better mode-neutral assessment of all transport funding proposals and has involved strong advocacy from key cycling bodies over a number of years, not least from the members of the Australian Bicycle Council. 

The bicycle sector's letter of response can be downloaded here.

The NGTSM website can be viewed here.

Shadow Cities Minister announces major boost for active travel

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Media Release: Thursday, 11 March 2016

Today’s policy announcement by Shadow Minister for Cities Anthony Albanese that he will, if re-elected, ensure Australia’s infrastructure investments consider key elements for walking and cycling has been welcomed by the Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF).

At a speech to the Sydney Institute tonight, Mr Albanese is expected to lay out sustainability requirements for all major transport projects that will ensure walking and cycling options are included.

The announcement is the first federal policy for the 2016 election year that promotes active travel and addresses the looming costs of congestion which are expected to reach $53bn each year by 2031 if not addressed.

“On behalf of all Australians who seek active, convenient options for their short daily trips we welcome the Shadow Minister’s commitment to providing the transport choices many Australians desire.

“Around Australia, we know bicycle commuter rates are doubling and this commitment will ensure the best outcomes for all commuters including those driving on the road,” said the CPF’s Stephen Hodge.

“The CPF applauds the Shadow Minister for his leadership and commitment to use both the funding levers at his disposal and the objective oversight of Infrastructure Australia to improve our transport network.

“Cities around the World are realising the benefits for all citizens, whether 8 or 80 years of age, when the choice to ride or walk is convenient and safe and we welcome Albo’s commitments to ensure the infrastructure gets built,” said Hodge.

The bicycle sector will discuss the positions of all parties at the Australian Bicycle Summit culminating in a Parliamentary Dinner on 16 March. The event includes a Key Note Address by Ms Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the US President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Hon Angus Taylor MP and cross party MPs and Senators.

Further information: Stephen Hodge, Mob. 0411 149 910 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) is an initiative of the bicycle industry in Australia and is committed to promoting and encouraging cycling and advocating for policies and investments to make cycling accessible, safe and convenient. More information: www.cyclingpromotion.com.au

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