Updated with webinar recording and slide pack on 15 June 2023.

WeRide webinar recording – the astounding scale of progress for active travel in China & other news.

Photo: bike only roadway in Beijing linking communities – credit China Daily

We often hear about European and North American approaches to walking and cycling infrastructure.

While Paris – creating its own revolution as a sustainable city – plans to add 182 km of new permanent protected bike lanes between 2021-2026, Beijing has already renovated 3,200 km (!) of bike lanes between 2016 and 2020 and is continuing to forge ahead!

Sam Johnson from the World Bank has recently undertaken a review of China’s investment in active mobility approaches to infrastructure, policy settings, travel demand management and more and presented the latest information in a webinar on Wednesday, 14 June.

The webinar looked at what can we learn for Australia and New Zealand. Sam Johnson was joined by Sara Stace, President of Better Streets and Director of Cities, WSP and Stephen Hodge, We Ride Australia for a panel discussion facilitated by Kirsty Kelly, CEO, AITPM.

The event was a collaboration between AITPM, CWANZ, Better Streets, and We Ride Australia. Our thanks to Kirsty Kelly and AITPM for hosting the webinar and to Sam Johnson for making the slides available.

Climate, state and territory advocacy

The last few weeks have seen a lot of action in the climate advocacy space and two more local campaigns we are supporting.

Report – Shifting Gear, the path to cleaner transport, was released by the Climate Council last week and strongly supported by WeRide. It contains excellent modelling of the increase in cycling mode share that would be required to meet national carbon emissions reduction targets – spoiler alert, cycling needs to triple!

LINK: weride.org.au/../new-report-models-the-path-to-cleaner-transport/

Pedal Power ACT has a petition calling on action from the ACT Government to implement its draft Active Travel Policy and new design guidelines.

Check it out here: docs.google.com/forms/PP-petition

BikeEast and Bicycle NSW’s petition for a protected cycleway on Oxford Street. The Oxford Street East cycleway will fill the missing link between the Bondi Junction and Centennial Park facilities, both recently completed, and the Oxford Street West cycleway, which will soon be under construction by City of Sydney. This route will pass shops, offices, schools and St. Vincent’s Hospital, everyday destinations for thousands of residents.

The petition site contains links to all the information: change.org/p/build-the-oxford-street-east-cycleway