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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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Estimates questions on cycling infrastructure - Senator Scott Ludlam

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: 10
Topic: Bike Paths
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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Scott speaks to ABC Perth about the city's Bike Network

Scott Ludlam 16 Nov 2012

Senator Scott Ludlam speaks to Geoff Hutchison on ABC 720's Morning Program about the Greens' ambitious plan to improve the safety, extent and use of the Perth Bike Network.

The Greens 2029 Perth Bike Plan is a costed package that will deliver around 6600km of safe, separated and well maintained bike lanes and paths across Perth by the year 2029.

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Innovative new media tool launched to crowdsource a better Bike Plan.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

When: 12 noon Saturday 24 March
Where: Northbridge Piazza - corner of Lake and James Street, Northbridge

What: Cycling advocates will join forces tomorrow to launch an iPhone application that provides cyclists with an opportunity to report feedback from the cycling network directly to the Transport Minister.
Cyclists will ride through Northbridge to highlight the need for better bike infrastructure, finishing at Northbridge Piazza at noon where the iPhone app will be launched.

Spokespeople:

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Senator Ludlam: Nation Building Program, RURAL, REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, Senate Estimates 14 February 2012

Senator LUDLAM: I am going to pick up on a couple of themes from the last time we spoke, which was in October, about cycling, and whether or not cycling and assisting people to get out of cars and onto bikes counts as Nation Building. The easy answer is 'No,' since we do not fund it, but I am interested to know how Nation Building 2 will be used to support the objectives of the National Urban Policy. It says that it will. Can you talk us through how it will do that? 

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