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New program to protect vulnerable road users


Media release: David O'Byrne, Minister for Infrastructure   The Infrastructure Minister, David O’Byrne, today announced the first 18 successful local council projects funded under a new program that will protect vulnerable road users. Mr O’Byrne said the State Government’s $1.5 million Vulnerable Road User Program, funded through the Road Safety Levy, would particularly support pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. “While our road toll has reduced to record lows in recent years, one in four people killed on our roads, and one in three people seriously injured, are vulnerable road users,” Mr O’Byrne said. “Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have a higher risk of being…

Dads saddle up but kids chauffeured


Verity Edwards,The Australian BICYCLE sales for adults are surging while children's models are falling, reflecting an increase of middle-aged men in Lycra overtaking kids who no longer ride to school. Latest figures provided to The Australian by Bicycle Industries Australia reveals 1.4 million sales were recorded last financial year, including a 21 per cent increase in adult bicycle sales since 2009. Children's sales fell by 7 per cent in the same period, which experts said reflected safety concerns, a decrease in children's exercise and childhood obesity levels. The rise in adult sales has been attributed to an increase in people…

No bike helmet required in certain low-risk areas under Brisbane City Council plan


Andrew MacDonald, Robyn Ironside, The Courier Mail   A POTENTIAL trial allowing cyclists to go helmet-free in parks and dedicated bikeways has drawn a mixed response, with least one other Queensland mayor backing Brisbane City Council's "commonsense" attitude to state cycling laws. Cycling and safety groups, and council opposition, however, are warning relaxing current helmet rules could have dire consequences, including more head injuries and possible deaths. Brisbane council weighs in on helmet debate CityCycle scheme costs ratepayers $1.6m Brisbane City Council CEO Colin Jensen has indicated council would support a trial of optional helmets in areas like parks and…

Epic bike lane failures


Michael O'Reilly, Sydney Morning Herald There's nothing as disappointing as cycling infrastructure - often expensive or space-consuming - that's not being used by cyclists. Firstly, it confounds the non-cycling population, especially if people on bikes are riding next to the infrastructure. "What's the point," the non-cyclist may ponder, "spending my taxes on stuff that just gets ignored?" The same unused facilities can be even more frustrating for those who are cyclists, because in many cases there is a reason the bike amenities aren't being used. Often, they're just not user-friendly, or are so poorly designed they're downright dangerous. I've compiled…

Cycling gets £94m push in England


BBC News A number of English cities and national parks are to share a £94m cash injection to promote cycling. Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich will share £77m, with four national parks getting a further £17m. The money is to improve existing and fund new cycle routes. The government says it also wants to cut red tape to facilitate cyclist-friendly planning. Labour said roads had become less safe for cyclists under this government. 'Riding high' Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to start "a cycling revolution". "Following our success in the Olympics, the Paralympics and…

RACQ backs cycling education campaign


Grace Uhr,  The Cairns Post THE state's peak motoring body has backed a call by a Cairns cycling identity to launch an education campaign to improve road safety for cyclists. Cairns councillor Richie Bates believes cycle safety should become a mandatory part of the school curriculum, following the example set by local primary schools Trinity Beach and Balaclava which run programs. In a submission to the State Government, the RACQ has called for a government-funded campaign to foster a stronger relationship between all road users. The submission is among more than 100 which have been put forward as part of…

State of Australian Cities 2013


Media release, Anthony Albanese While Australia's major cities remain among the world's most liveable with bicycle use at the highest level in 40 years, changing work-force patterns pose future challenges for transport infrastructure planning. Those are a few of the trends detailed in the State of Australian Cities 2013 report which I've released today. Compiled by the Major Cities Unit within my Department, this latest 'report card' builds on the previous three, providing an even more comprehensive analysis of the progress and performance of the nation's 18 biggest cities. The first three editions of this publication generated enormous interest and…

Landmark Active Travel Policy Will Boost Transport Options


Media release, Cycling Promotion Fund The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) has today welcomed the release of the Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport white paper by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Anthony Albanese.“This landmark statement recognises for the first time the health, transport, productivity and community benefits to be gained from making it easier and safer for all Australians to walk, ride and use public transport,” said the CPF’s Stephen Hodge.“We applaud the following key aspects of the Minister’s statement: Establishment of an expert advisory body to assist with the objectives of making walking…

Cockburn residents make their move


Ministerial Media Release City of Cockburn residents will soon be encouraged to swap car trips with walking, cycling or catching public transport, and increase their physical activity as part of a new 12-month program - Your Move. Get active your way.  Launched today by Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron, the Your Move program will work directly with residents to achieve positive behavioural change and also to identify any obstacles to change such as indirect station access, disconnected cycle routes and overcrowded passenger trains.  Mr Buswell said encouraging people to walk, ride or use public…

Greens’ nationwide push for bike safety


Media release, The Greens Greens MPs and MLAs across the nation will push to make cycling safer, in a coordinated move running in parallel to the Amy Gillett Foundation's national ‘a metre matters’ campaign.  "Every year in Australia an average of 35 bicycle riders are killed and more than 9,500 are seriously injured. In the ACT we’ve had three cyclist deaths in the last three years and  hundreds of injuries,” said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury. "There are Greens in all State and Territory Parliaments except for Queensland and the Northern Territory, and they are all taking action to…

Child bike sales slump raises health fears


By Kent Acott, The West Australian Fewer child bicycles sold in Australia has prompted fears of decreasing childhood mobility and outdoor play. The fall has come despite more people taking up bike riding than ever before. Almost all bikes sold in Australia are imported. In 2012-13, a record 1.4 million bicycles were imported - up about 200,000 in two years. But the figures include a 7 per cent fall in child bike imports since 2010-11. Nature Play WA chief executive Griffin Longley said the decline was of concern because it could indicate lower levels of mobility and outdoor play among…

Inner Sydney bike network a national priority


City of Sydney Media Release   Thousands of Sydneysiders are a step closer to major travel time savings and health benefits, after a bike network for Australia’s most densely populated area was flagged as a national priority. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was the first time a bike project had been included as an Early Stage project in the National Infrastructure Priority List. “Building and connecting up this network of bike paths would make a real difference for people who want to ride – leaving more space on the roads for people who need to drive,” the Lord Mayor…

Bike sales hit record high but children left behind


Bicycle Industries Australia Media Release   A strong fourth quarter has resulted in a record of over 1.4 million bicycle imports for the 2012-13 financial year. Bicycles imports continue to exceed car sales as they have done for over a decade, yet children bikes are not following the trend. Import figures across Australia have shown the growth in adults cycling and bike sales. Imports for adult bikes have increased by 21% since 2010/11, but alarmingly children’s imports have recorded a 7% fall over the same period. Children today are suffering from a crisis of physical inactivity, overweight and obesity. It…

Warragul Cycling Club first in Australia to receive road safety grant


Karin Jones, Cycling Victoria The Warragul Cycling Club is the first cycling club in Australia to be awarded the TAC Community Road Safety grant worth $20, 000 to implement the inaugural ‘Upright and in Sight’ cycling safety initiative. The Upright and in Sight program will be aimed at improving both cyclist safety and driver awareness of bicycle riders in the West Gippsland area, something which Warragul Cycling Club representative and local Victoria Police member Clint Wilson believes is imperative within his community. “Our contribution to this initiative sees us taking on a leadership role within the community,” Wilson said. “We…

$1m call for safer cycling


By Linda Smith, The Mercury GREATER co-ordinated funding is needed to keep cyclists safe on Tasmanian roads, a peak cycling group says. As a male cyclist recovers after being knocked unconscious during a crash on Sandy Bay Rd early yesterday, cycling advocates have called for $1 million a year to be spent on improving infrastructure and safety. Cycling South executive officer Mary McParland said rather than projects being funded on an ad hoc basis, the State Government should provide recurrent annual funding for cycling projects. She said the new cycleway approved for Sandy Bay was a good start, but more…

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