As members we come from a wide range of backgrounds and we are various types of cyclists – but what unites us is our passion for cycling and a desire for a safer, more diverse and fun cycling experience.
We also support increased cycling participation; yes, we want to see more cyclists out cycling for their enjoyment and recreation.
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(National and state by state results are available in the survey document – Austroads 2013 Participation Survey)
Cycle infrastructure is underfunded and the ACP is fighting for an immediate increase, quadrupling government cycling funding from 0.6% to 2.4% as a minimum investment of road infrastructure expenditure.
According to the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016, bicycle expenditure makes up just 0.6% of road related expenditure in Australia, yet 2% of commuters are cyclists.
State and Territory Governments spent $3.7 million promoting and encouraging bicycle use and a further $93.8 million (0.6%) building infrastructure and facilities. In comparison, total road related expenditure in Australia was $15.8 billion in 2008-09 (latest figures available).
The above equates to just $4.20 cents per person invested on cycling infrastructure versus $700.00 per person on road infrastructure (i.e. based on the Australian population of 22.5 million, 2015).
Recognising the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling, aggressive targets have been set at both commonwealth and state levels for increases in bicycle use, however the reality is that cycling related expenditure levels remain low.
The Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 recognises that increasing the number of people who ride a bike for transport and recreation has a host of benefits to individuals and society.
The strategy has a vision to double the number of people cycling in Australia by 2016.To measure performance towards this objective the Australian Bicycle Council has commissioned a biennial National Cycling Participation Survey to provide estimates of cycling participation (measured in the past week, month and year) across Australia and for each state and territory. The survey was conducted in 2011 and 2013.
HOUSEHOLD TRANSPORT USE
Source: ABS: 1301.0 – Year Book Australia, 2009–10
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People’s reliance on motor vehicle transport for commuting and that of industry for the distribution of goods, comes at an environmental cost. The transport sector is one of the largest generators of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, contributing 13.2% of Australia’s net emissions (78.8 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2007. This was 27% above the 1990 level, with an annual growth of almost 1.5%. Road transport was the main source of transport emissions in 2007 (87% or 68.5 Mt), of which passenger vehicles contributed nearly two-thirds (41.9 Mt) (Department of Climate Change (DCC), 2009).
In March 2009, eight in ten people aged 18 years and over used a private motor vehicle to travel to work or full-time study 14% took public transport, 4% walked and 2% cycled (graph 2.2). The use of private motor vehicles has decreased slightly from 82% in 2000 to 80% in 2009 and public transport has increased from 12% in 2000 to 14% in 2009. Our aim is to reduce the percentage of people using private cars and increase both the percentage of cyclists and public transport users.
With your vote, when we win seats in parliament we will be able to negotiate with the government of the day to: