A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.25 million in the Australian Bicycle Council to ensure the ongoing development of a national cycling strategy.
The former Labor Government funded the Council in 2011 so it could develop the 2011-2016 National Cycling Strategy, in consultation with Australia’s Transport Ministers and other interest groups.
The 2011-2016 strategy saw a number of improvements nationwide, which included the introduction of pedal-assist bicycles, consistency in design guidance for bicycle infrastructure, the publication of national metrics and reporting on cycling participation, safety, integrated planning and government investment in cycling.
With funding set to end in December 2016, the Turnbull Government is jeopardising the development of this active transport policy by refusing to commit to any additional funding.
In contrast, Labor understands that our cities face challenges of increased congestion, which is why we will prioritise the cycling strategy.
A Shorten Labor Government will require that all projects submitted to Infrastructure Australia add another criterion to its assessments – the inclusion of active transport modes including cycling and walking.
We will also continue to work with States and Territories to consider establishing a new Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport Council, as outlined in the 2013 Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport report.
Linking active transport through walking and cycling to our public transport systems is a key part of sustainable urban design.
This announcement builds on Labor’s plans to improve our cities and ensure they are productive, sustainable and liveable.