Cycling is not about sport but transport. The Federal Government must support cycling as part of the transport mix if it is to have rapid adoption. The Greens “Fight for our future” policy platform has been released for the 2022 Federal Election. What is clear once again is the lack of ambition.
European countries have demonstrated this. In Germany, which is also a federation, the German Federal Government has again published a national program to back cycling. Even the UK, a low cycling country, has now shown great ambition.
The Greens “Fight for our future” policy has national goals. One is “Investing in sustainable infrastructure.” The Greens offer a $25 billion investment in public transport but only $250 million annually to make cycling and walking safer and more accessible.
The investment in cycling and walking is only 1% of that planned for public transport. The European guidelines recommend 20% of the transport budget, which in this case would be $2.5 billion, excluding that spend on roads. In short, The Greens proposed to continue the status quo in Australia, with at best 1% cycling and walking. That’s the best symbol a car culture can produce!
This level of investment is recognised as insufficient for cycling adoption, but typical for low cycling and car-dependent countries such as the USA and Australia.
The Greens “Fight for our future”
INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
Over the next decade, we need infrastructure investment to set us up for the next thirty to fifty years. By investing in sustainable, productive infrastructure, we create jobs and set Australia up for the future.
The Greens will push for key investments including:
– a $20 billion publicly-owned Grid Transformation Fund to lay the basis for a shift to 700% renewable
– a $25 billion investment in public transport, spent on rail and new bus services;
– the creation of the Australian High Speed Rail Authority to construct a publicly-owned High Speed Rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne; and
– $250 million annually to make cycling and walking safer and more accessible.
Liberal and Labor are influenced by their big corporate political donations when they make infrastructure decisions. With the Greens in shared power we will force the next government to make infrastructure decisionsThe Greens “Fight for our future”, page 21
based on what is good for the country, not the billionaires.