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Budget: Government’s transport infrastructure locks in pollution to worsen the climate crisis

Greens Transport and Infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has condemned the Morrison government for failing to invest in a green recovery that would create new jobs and build the foundations of a fair, clean economy. 

Instead, the Morrison government is doubling down on transport infrastructure that locks in pollution, props up fossil fuel corporations and will make the climate crisis even worse. 

Senator Rice said

“Budgets are about choices, and the Morrison government is making the wrong ones.

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Greens pledge $1b funding to make bike riding safer

The Australian Greens have pledged $1 billion in funding to ensure that bike riders have the freedom to ride safely for every journey. The Greens package would create a comprehensive network of bicycle routes across our cities and regional areas.

“Every bike rider death on Australian roads is a preventable tragedy and almost all are a failure of our infrastructure” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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$1 billion for bikes

 

The Australian Greens have a plan to:

  1. Create a network of safe and continuous bicycle routes

  2. Develop end-of-trip facilities (such as showers and lockers) that encourage cycling

  3. Invest in safe and secure bicycle storage at train stations and major hubs

  4. Make cycling safer by creating separated bicycle lanes, prioritising high risk corridors

  5. Boost bike tourism by building regional bike trails and facilities

 

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Greens call on Turnbull for national leadership after report shows cyclist deaths haven’t decreased in 20 years

The Greens have repeated their calls on the federal government to show leadership in ensuring all Australians have the freedom to ride safely, following the release of a Bicycle Network report that shows virtually no improvement in cyclist fatality rates over 20 years.

“Every bike rider death is one too many, and an annual average of 37 people killed while out riding is a sobering figure,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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Tony Abbott: the Lycra cyclist who won’t fund bike paths

The Australian Greens have called on the Australian Government to spend a fraction of its multi-billion annual transport budget on building bike paths - an area of transport infrastructure ignored by both the older parties.

"The Greens' plan for an $80 million national annual funding program for cycling would come from unallocated funds in the Nation Building Two program, and will not affect funding for safety-related road projects," Australian Greens Infrastructure Spokesperson, Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

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One year of inaction on bike blackspot ends with cyclist in hospital

More than one year after warning Transport Minister Troy Buswell to fix a Perth cycling blackspot, a cyclist has been hospitalised after a crash at the very same site.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam developed the bike blackspot smartphone app used to report the site to Minister Buswell.

"Cyclist Travis Deane told the Minister in writing that this cycling blind-spot needed mirrors on May 3rd last year. Today there are still no mirrors and he broke bones in a front-on collision with another cyclist," said Senator Ludlam.

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Estimates questions from Senator Scott Ludlam on the provision of bike paths alongside freeways

Question: 12
Topic: Provision of Bike Paths alongside Freeways
Asked By: Senator LUDLAM
Type of Question: Written
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 7 December 2012

With reference to ‘Positive provision' of bike paths alongside freeways;

1. Is this Department responsible for overseeing the provision of bike paths attached to federally funded roads?

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Estimates questions from Senator Scott Ludlam on the National Cycling Strategy.

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport Supplementary Budget Estimates 16 October 2012 Question: 11
Topic: National Cycling Strategy
Asked By: Senator LUDLAM
Type of Question: Written
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 7 December 2012

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