In NSW we have a major problem.
Across the state, cycling rates have decreased while injuries are skyrocketing. At the same time, road congestion is out of control, transport emissions are rising and rates of obesity and inactivity are among the worst in the world.
And you know things are really bad when one of Australia’s most legendary cyclists and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans describes cycling in Sydney as ‘intimidating’.
It’s because the NSW government has neglected cycling infrastructure, spending just 1% of the state’s annual transport budget on active transport – that’s compared to the UN’s recommendation of 20%.
It can’t continue this way.
The Greens are calling for:
- $250 million per year for a cycling infrastructure fund ($1 billion over four years);
- Active transport infrastructure to be mandatory in all major new road and transport projects;
- At least 20% of developer contributions to go towards cycling and walking infrastructure;
- Improved motorist education and police enforcement to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe; and
- Statewide behaviour change education programs to increase uptake of cycling and walking.
It’s time cycling and its infrastructure was considered with the importance placed on cars and roads. Sign our petition now if you support a safe, accessible and connected cycling network in NSW.