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Seven in eight trips on public transport need to shift to keep essential workers safe

21 May 2020 | Announcement, Government relations, Policy & planning

Report on The World Today, ABC Radio An excellent report by Samantha Donovan went to air nationally on the modelling we released today with the Institute for Sensible Transport. Senior Transport Analyst, Liam Davies, did an excellent job explaining the size of the task to keep commuters on public transport safe, outline the solutions including of course pop-up bike lanes and the size of the problem if everyone decides to drive instead of catch public transport. You can listen to the report here: The World Today – “Analyst warns public transport use needs to drop – a report commissioned by…

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Riders on the hill

16 December 2019 | Government relations

Following the 2018 federal election, Parliament resumed on 2 July and Riders on the Hill was back stronger than ever! The 46th Parliament has seen more Ministers, MPs, Senators and staff riding than we have had almost at any time since the group started fifteen years ago. The Parliamentary cycling group is organised by We Ride’s Stephen Hodge and supported by the Foundation. It provides an opportunity for those in the House to gain the benefits of a ride in a relaxed group setting before the business of Parliament kicks off for the long days they spend inside. The relationships…

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Parliamentary Better Cities Group event coming up

29 November 2019 | Events, Government relations

The last Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities event for 2019 looks at ‘Research and Practice from Australia’s Fast Growing Outer Suburbs. Hosted on this occasion by the National Growth Areas Alliance, fast growing Australian cities of 100,000 or more residents, this is a topical subject for the entire nation which is experiencing very strong population growth. We Ride Australia will be there as a foundation supporting partner for the event to which all MPs, Senators and Advisors in the House are invited. Our engagement helps to places bicycle issues and development at the heart of the national debate for…

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We Ride Australia meets Netherlands Prime Minister

31 October 2019 | Government relations

Above L-R: Fiona Campbell, Stephen Hodge, Myf Lawrence, Peter Bourke, Craig Wooldridge, PM Rutte. We Ride Australia and members of our very first study tour to the Netherlands recently spent time with Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, their Ambassador Marion Derckx, Consul-General  Frank van Beuningen and members of other Australian delegations who have completed study tours to the Netherlands. The special invitation was a chance for us to be able to tell Prime Minister Rutte what was achieved in our visit to the Netherlands and how this has benefitted the work of our delegates since they returned to their cycling…

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National Office of Road Safety update

15 September 2019 | Government relations, Policy & planning

We Ride Australia was pleased to be invited to participate in the new federal Office of Road Safety first national stakeholder Roundtable in Sydney on the 2nd September. Chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Michael McCormack, Co-Chaired by Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Hon. Scott Buchholtz and Llew O’Brien MP, the national Roundtable sought the views of key research, safety and industry stakeholders on enacting a Vision Zero approach in Australia. The new Office of Road Safety (ORS) was the first commitment of the Coalition Government arising from the recommendation delivered in the Inquiry into the…

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July e-news – Federal Election

25 July 2019 | Government relations

The ‘surprise’ re-election of the Morrison Coalition Government means that we have a new opportunity to engage with the Coalition as they seek to re-establish a policy agenda for the next three years. There are a range of key opportunities we will be pursuing. It is broadly acknowledged that while the alternative Labor government had a well developed set of policies around active travel, the Coalition is somewhat unexpectedly back into the position of having another term or even two in which to develop a range of policies to address the economic, health, infrastructure and liveability challenges facing this country….

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July e-news – Pollie Pedal 2019

25 July 2019 | Community, Events, Government relations

Now in its twenty-second year, Pollie Pedal is the creation of past Prime Minister Tony Abbott and takes MPs and Senators cycling 1,000km through regional areas of Australia not normally visited by senior politicians. This year from 14-21 July, We Ride’s Stephen Hodge cycled for Soldier On in the charity ride now led by senior Cabinet Minister Angus Taylor. This year Hon Angus Taylor – Minister for Energy, Hon Ben Morton – Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Andrew Wallace MP, Dr David Gillespie MP, Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Hon Tony Abbott and various state MPs, Mayors and…

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Short video of $260m National Bike Path Program announcement

29 April 2019 | Announcement, Events, Government relations, Policy & planning

We Ride Australia has cut a short video from the announcement by Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Hon. Anthony Albanese, covering some of the key moments of the largest federal commitment to date for bicycle infrastructure. We joined the Shadow Minister, local MPs Pat Conroy and Emma McBride for the announcement on the shores of Lake Tuggerah near Wyong on Tuesday, 23 April. We were very pleased to support this announcement which included support for a national innovative guideline for design and provision of infrastructure along the lines of the NACTO Guide in the US, which…

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WRA applauds Labor’s $260m bike infrastructure announcement

23 April 2019 | Announcement, Community, Government relations, Policy & planning

We Ride Australia has hailed the historic investment announced today by Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese that will see up to half a billion dollars invested in bike paths and cycleways. The announcement of $260m, which will require co-investment from the states, territories and local governments, will transform our communities and will enable Australians – whether 8 or 80 – to choose healthy, active travel choices for their daily trips. Speaking at today’s announcement, We Ride Australia’s Director – National Advocacy Stephen Hodge praised the funding commitment. “This is a policy initiative We Ride…

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