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Senate calls on Abbott to get serious about cyclist safety

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Janet Rice 5 Mar 2015

Senate calls on Abbott to get serious about cyclist safety

In light of the recent tragic death of Alberto Paulon in Melbourne, the Senate has called on the government to commit to bike rider safety and to invest in cycling infrastructure.

“This government needs to do its fair share and invest seriously in cycling infrastructure, to make our roads safe for cyclists and other road users,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

“We’ve had another wake-up call with the tragedy in Sydney Road and my heart goes out to Alberto Paulon’s family and friends.”

The Greens motion called on the government to take the lead of the UK government, which has recently adopted a national walking and cycling investment strategy. This includes specific time-bound objectives and funding allocated to achieve those objectives.

“Tony Abbott is a broken record, saying that cycling and public transport infrastructure is the job of the states and territories,” said Senator Rice.

“The Senate has reminded the Prime Minister that he needs to take his blinkers off and consider the role of all transport modes, not just mega-roads, to provide people with efficient, healthy and safe transport options.”

 

TEXT OF MOTION

I move that the Senate –

1. Notes:

a)     

The tragic death of a cyclist in Melbourne last Friday involving a ‘car dooring’ incident;

b)     

The work of Australian cycling advocates in hosting the Australian Bicycle Summit this week at Parliament, calling for infrastructure, safety and health measures that will increase the number of Australians cycling;

c)      

The importance of cycling as a healthy, clean and efficient mode of transport for Australians of all ages;

d)     

The National Cycling Strategy endorsed by Ministers in 2010, which aims to aims to double the rate of participation in cycling between 2011 and 2016.

 

2.      

Calls on the Government to follow the lead of UK Government which recently adopted a national walking and cycling investment strategy, including specific time-bound objectives and funding allocated to achieve those objectives.

 

 

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