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The following policy platform has been launched as part of the Australian Vote4Cycling Partnership’s campaign: PDF download.

Public Position Statement

of the

 Australian Vote4Cycling Partnership

2013 Federal Election

Today 4 million Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation every week.

These people enjoy the benefits that bicycle riding brings to the individual; a happy healthy outlook on life, protection from today’s most common diseases and more money in their pocket.

The people who ride are usually lucky enough to live near a bike path or near roads that they can ride on comfortably.

Not everyone is so fortunate.

The good news is that when the conditions change, more people take up riding. 60% of Australians who do not currently ride would consider riding a bike if it was more convenient and safer to do so.

This suppressed demand for bike riding is an enormous opportunity for the Commonwealth Government.

That opportunity is to invest so that more Australians can choose to ride a bicycle for transport or recreation. This will multiply benefits back to the community.

  • Increased rates of riding across the population will start to grow the level physical activity. In turn this will take pressure off the health system by preventing or reducing the chronic diseases associated with inactivity and obesity.
  • Increased rates of riding will reduce transport congestion on the road and crowding in public transport. It is reasonable to expect that the less hectic school holiday traffic levels become the norm, rather than short moments of relief from gridlock.
  • Our cities have grown too big to walk. But a riding catchment of three or four kilometres would solve many problems. Effective and comfortable bicycle linkages would provide affordable and convenient mobility to many disadvantaged by the transport system. People suffering transport disadvantage such as limited access to a licence or car, excessive distance from public transport or mobility impairment, would have an option.

This National Partnership Proposal identifies six ways that the Commonwealth can give people the option of riding:

  1. Stimulate the growth in walking and riding to school
  2. Upgrade infrastructure on proven urban bicycle corridors
  3. Develop recreational bicycle and walking paths
  4. Develop regional infrastructure for local and tourist use
  5. Leverage Commonwealth infrastructure projects to lift the level of riding
  6. Foster better road user behaviour.

 

1.     Stimulate the growth in walking and riding to school

 

Aim

This initiative will support communities, schools and local governments that are showing or have shown progress in changing the way children get to school.

Performance measure:

Increased rates of walking and cycling to schools

Objectives:

  1. Improve access around schools by reducing perceived and actual risk for children walking and cycling to school in order to;
    • Encourage higher levels of activity among those under 18 years old,
    • Reduce pollution levels around our schools.

Method:

Schools and/or local governments will be able to apply for funds to support their ‘walk and ride to school’ initiatives.

Schools will be able to apply for 80% support for:

  • Bicycle parking facilities
  • Skills training to improve confidence and safety for walking and riding to school
  • Course fees to certify teachers with accredited bicycle instructor training.

Local governments will be able to apply for 50% support for local traffic measures inside the speed restriction zone of the school such as:

  • raised zebra crossings (‘wombats’) or signalised crossings
  • Kerb outstands and central median ‘splitter islands’
  • Signage and works related to revised parking restrictions

25% support will be available for surveying, planning and research on levels of active transport to school in the municipality.

Investment:

An investment of $5 million dollars over three years.

Guidelines:

Open to all schools and local governments for a first round. Granted on the basis of the strength of the case made in the application. Projects that address areas with low levels of physical activity will be advantaged. Projects that are supported by State agencies are advantaged.

Schools or local governments are excluded from the program in subsequent years if they fail to show an increase in rates of walking and riding after receiving funds from the program.

2.     Upgrade proven urban bicycle transport infrastructure

 

Aim

This initiative will support state and local governments in the provision of high use urban bicycle transport infrastructure.

Performance measure:

Increased numbers of people walking and riding to urban centres and transport hubs

Objectives:

  1. Improve access to urban centres and transport hubs by creating continuous  high usage routes in order to;
    • encourage more walking and cycling
    • provide a transport option that manages congestion and growth in cities, and
    • provide choice for healthy, active modes of transport.

Method:

State and or local governments will be able to apply for funds to support upgrades of key urban bicycle infrastructure links.

This may include reconstructing paths of inadequate width or substandard design, filling in missing links or providing connections from the main route to relevant local destinations.

Governments in each state or territory will be able to apply for up to 50% of the value of projects to a total $2m for a combination of planning, design and construction or simply construction.

The application may be for one or more projects. The value of any contribution will not be less than $250,000.  (An application from a state may be for eight x $250,000 contributions or one $1.75m contribution and a $250,000 contribution for example.)

Investment:

An investment of $20 million over three years.

Guidelines:

Open to states, territories and local governments. Granted on the basis of the strength of the case made in the application. Projects that can show a relevant contribution to the transport system will be advantaged. The application must contain an accurate assessment of current use and estimate a cost benefit for the project. A condition of the grant is that an after evaluation is completed that compares the result to that anticipated in the application.

3.     Develop recreational bicycle and walking paths

 

Aim

This initiative will support state and local governments in the provision of high use recreational infrastructure.

Performance measure:

  • Increased numbers of people walking and riding on the paths

Objectives:

  1. Improve access to recreational opportunities and open space in order to
    • Increase the number of people walking and riding for recreation
    • Provide opportunities for physical activity for disadvantaged groups.

Method:

State and or local governments will be able to apply for funds to support upgrades and connections of key urban greenways especially in areas that are without these facilities at the moment.

This may include reconstructing paths of inadequate width or substandard design, filling in missing links or providing connections to swimming pools, sports centres and other recreational assets.

Governments in each state or territory will be able to apply for up to 50% of the value of projects to a total $2m for a combination of planning, design and construction or simply construction.

The application may be for one or more projects. The value of any contribution will not be less than $250,000.  (An application from a state may be for eight x $250,000 contributions or one $1.75m contribution and a $250,000 contribution for example.)

Investment:

An investment of $20 million over three years.

Guidelines:

Open to all states, territories and local governments. Granted on the basis of the strength of the case made in the application. Projects that are endorsed by the State and more than one local government will be preferred. Projects that introduce new paths in areas of low socio economic status will be considered favourably. The application must contain an accurate assessment of current use and estimate a cost benefit for the project. A condition of the grant is that an after evaluation is completed that compares the result to that anticipated in the application.

4.     Develop regional tourist trails

 

Aim

This initiative will support state and local governments in the provision of regional recreation and tourism trails.

Performance measure:

Increased numbers of visitors and local residents walking and riding on the trail

Objectives:

  1. Provide economic opportunities for regional areas via destination tourism opportunities
  2. Use strategic investments in bicycle and walking trail infrastructure to generate active tourism assets.
  3. Boost physical activity opportunities for residents of regional centres.

Method:

State and or local governments will be able to apply for up to $1m to support development or upgrade of significant regional bicycle infrastructure.

This may include reconstructing existing trails or building new trails.

Governments in each state or territory will be able to apply for up to 50% of the value of projects to a total $1m for a combination of planning, design and construction or simply construction.

The application may be for one or two projects. The value of any component may not be less than $500,000.  (An application from a state may be for two x $500,000 contributions or one $1m contribution for example.)

Investment:

An investment of $7 million over three years.

Guidelines:

Open to all states, territories and local government. Granted on the basis of the strength of the case made in the application. Projects that support both local recreation and have tourism potential will be advantaged. The application must contain either an accurate assessment of current use or a reasonable assessment of future use referencing similar projects in other locations. A condition of the grant is that an after evaluation is completed that compares the result to that anticipated in the application.

5.     Ensure Commonwealth investments take advantage of opportunities to increase levels of riding

 

Aim

This initiative will leverage Commonwealth funding commitments to transport investments.

Performance measure:

Numbers of people walking and riding on the infrastructure delivered

Objectives:

  1. Include cycling and walking, where appropriate, within scope of project for federal transport infrastructure investments.
  2. Leverage greater use of the investment, and
  3. Ensure walking and cycling networks are preserved when new road infrastructure is constructed.

Method:

Include bicycle components in the scope of all Commonwealth infrastructure projects.

To be successful in attracting Commonwealth funds for transport projects State and or local governments will have to show how the project has included features that will increase the level of bicycle riding and walking. Alternatively the project will have to show in detail the calculation that supports the decision not to provide a bicycle component. This calculation will also consider the cost of retrofitting the bicycle component at a later date.

Investment:

 Per project. Experience suggests that effective investments have been of the order of 1% in billion dollar projects ($10m) and 2% in smaller projects.

          Ongoing

Guidelines:

Required for all Commonwealth projects.  The application must contain either an accurate assessment of current use for the bicycle component or a reasonable assessment of future use referencing similar projects in other locations. A condition of the grant is that an after evaluation is completed that compares the result to that anticipated in the application.

6.     Road user behaviour

 

Aim

This initiative will promote better compliance with road rules to improve efficiency and safety on roads and paths for all road users.

Performance measure:

  1. Compliance with road rules
  2. Collisions involving pedestrians and bicycle riders

Objectives:

  1. Improve knowledge and recall of road rules in order to:
    • Improve public support for compliance
    • Reduce collisions involving vulnerable road users, specifically pedestrians and bicycle riders
    • Specifically reduce the incidence of driver distraction, one of the main causes of road crashes

Method:

Road rules compliance improvement program:

  • Commonwealth funded trial program in year 1 to develop baseline measures of knowledge, recall and compliance of road rules across road user groups
  • States and territories may apply for capped matching funding to develop and implement targeted road rules knowledge improvement and compliance programs in subsequent years.

Coordinated national Distracted Driving program, providing funding to states and territories to:

  • Enhance their campaigns to be run as part of a coordinated national campaign
  • Apply for capped matching funding to adapt campaigns that have proven successful in other states, for states and territories without substantial campaigns.

States and territories may apply for one or two projects.

Investment:

An investment of $5 million over three years.

Guidelines:

The trial program will be Commonwealth funded by competitive tender.

Open to all states and territories. Granted on the basis of the strength of the application. Projects that are endorsed by the State and more than one local government will be preferred. Programs that support road rules knowledge and compliance relevant to walking and riding will be advantaged. The application must demonstrate a methodology that supports improved knowledge and support for compliance against baseline measures. A condition of the grant is that an after evaluation is completed that compares the result to that anticipated in the application.