October e-news – West Midlands UK – protecting 3.7m Aust cyclists – cycling Roundtable & more
23 October 2018 | Community
National call for action to protect 3.7m Australian cyclists
Australia’s bicycle organisations called this week for greater action on education and enforcement for safe passing distance of bicycle riders.
Led by We Ride Australia, the media statement, co-signed by nine state, territory and national organisations, referred to the recommendations of the recent Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy calling for an investment of $3 billion as one of 12 recommendations to reduce the cost of road trauma, particularly for vulnerable road users. Read our statement here.
Bringing the voice of UK’s West Midlands Police to Australia
We Ride Australia was very pleased to present to senior police recently on the successful education and enforcement campaign by West Midlands Police for safe passing distance of bicycle riders.
Showing a video from PC Steve Hudson who, with PC Mark Hodson, is responsible for the campaign in the UK he explained how similar campaigns have now been rolled out to more than half of all UK County Police Forces. He generously responded to questions from We Ride Australia and made the video for us that we have now posted online. See it here.
Cycling Roundtable in NSW Parliament
We Ride Australia was one of a small number of invited participants in a cycling roundtable on 3 October hosted by Greens MPs in the NSW Parliament.
Together with local advocacy groups, Bicycle NSW and the City of Sydney, the forum looked at ideas to improve cycling. They included developing key priorities that all advocates support and starting a ‘NSW Parliament Friends of Cycling’ group similar to federal Parliament’s Riders on the Hill organised by We Ride’s Stephen Hodge for over a decade.
Above: Stephen Hodge (second from left) was part of a cycling roundtable held within the NSW Parliament.
Elections Offer Key Opportunity to Call for More Cycling Funding
We Ride Australia has played a key role in building the national representative body for state and territory governments, local governments and walking and cycling advocacy groups – Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand.
Replacing the previous Australian Bicycle Council, Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand commenced operations in early 2018 and is currently engaged in strategic planning for the upcoming federal elections and a future plan of activities.
The latest meeting was held in Sydney on 20th September to identify a strategy for greater investment in walking and cycling. See the Communique here.
Capital Cities launch ‘Australian cities – Places for people’
The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) is the major representative body for Australia’s eight capital cities (Canberra, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart).
Together with We Ride Australia, CCCLM is a foundation partner of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, an important Parliamentary forum for topics relating to the health, productivity and liveability of cities.
Several times a year the Mayors meet in Parliament and conduct meetings and launch events as they did recently for Australian Cities – Places for People.
We Ride Australia attends these important functions as an invited guest, giving us an important opportunity for direct contact with some of the most powerful elected officials in Australia. Read the document here.
Above: Lord Mayors of Darwin, Canberra (Chief Minister), Melbourne & Brisbane
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- RACV calls for “The Improved Bicycle Infrastructure Victoria Needs Now” ahead of Victorian state election. LINK
- Brisbane bikeway clocks 1 million trips in 2018. LINK
- Can the Dutch model of a cycling city be exported? ABC Radio National interview with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett ahead of their Key Note to the Australian Cycling and Walking Conference later this week (podcast). LINK
- Can the UCI Road Worlds (the major international championship cycling event) do anything for transport cycling? Wollongong and NSW have an interesting opportunity on the horizon! LINK
- When do you know if your major transport authority ‘gets’ active travel? When 86% of your staff travel to work by means other than a single occupancy vehicle! Auckland Transport’s Sustainability Review: LINK
- The regions that bank on the economic & community opportunities presented by cycling & cycle tourism are many and varied, from the 750-mile Empire Trail from NYC to Canada LINK to Tamworth spending $17.2m on cycling and sports facilities LINK.
- Tactical urbanism in the US – a demo project in Jersey City experiments with its first protected bike lane (video). LINK
- Biketober Business Challenge, NSW. ‘Get back on a bike this October and rediscover the joys and benefits of cycling!’ For more info: lovetoride.net/nsw.
- National Ride2Work Day. Join ‘Australia’s biggest celebration of commuter riding’ this week on Wednesday, October 17th. For more info: Ride2Work Day.
- CycleLifeHQ Bicycle Tourism Conference & Australian Walking & Cycling Conference is on in Bendigo from Friday, 26th October. Hosted by the City of Greater Bendigo, there is a jam-packed program of five days with of two conferences, presentations, professional workshops, activities, events and networking opportunities. Not to be missed! Conference website.
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