A Better Way for Cycling
Putting Active Transport First
Riding a bike, whether for fun or as a means of transport, is not only beneficial for a person’s individual fitness, but also has great communal benefits.
Economically, it is much cheaper to provide quality facilities for cycling than it is to build bigger roads, freeways, tunnels and overpasses. More people using bikes leads to reduced traffic congestion as well. A healthier, active population also uses fewer health services, freeing up resources to deal with those who really need them. With pollution-free transport, the environmental benefits of cycling are obvious. Yet even though bicycles have outsold cars for the last 16 years in Australia, and half of all households have at least one functioning bike, most people don’t ride regularly. Much of the reason for this lies in the state of our roads and the fact that cyclists’ needs have been ignored for decades. In fact, less than 1% of the Transport budget is currently spent on bicycle facilities.
The Greens are committed to making South Australia an easier and safer place to cycle.
The Greens aim to make cycling more appealing by creating a safer environment for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The Greens will:
- Allocate at least $90 million (over and above current maintenance and planned projects) over the next 4 years, with $40 million allocated to the greenway network and $50 million to the arterial and local council area network to deliver fully separated bikeways and bicycle boulevards;
- Allocate $1.5 million dollars per year for the State Bicycle Fund to match dollar for dollar with local government investment;
- Provide safer riding by expanding on-road and off-road infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and bicycle paths;
- Design and develop a cycling strategy for SA (to replace the one that expired in 2010) in conjuction with local councils, community groups and other stakeholders;
- Ensure new roads and road upgrades provide both on-road and off-road facilities for cyclists of varying abilities;
- Invest in safe and secure public bike storage around the CBD, at all train stations, ‘park’n’ride’ stations and public transport interchanges;
- Ensure that end-of-trip facilities (such as bike storage, showers and lockers) are provided in all new commercial, industrial or multi-dwelling developments; and
- Reduce bicycle theft and improve recovery of stolen bicycles by promoting voluntary GPS tracking of bicycles.