We Ride joins Aussie bike orgs to call for safer streets
24 March 2021 | Policy & planning
This week We Ride developed a joint submission to the next 10-year National Road Safety Strategy.
The We Ride-led joint submission called for protected infrastructure to be part of all federal transport funding and lower speed limits to make local streets safer.
This joint submission was co-signed by Australian bike organisations; AusCycling, Bicycle QLD, Amy Gillett Foundation, Bicycle Network, Pedal Power ACT, Bicycle SA, WestCycle and the World Cycling Alliance who all provided valuable input and data.
A big effort was made to ensure we worked with the state and national bicycle advocacy groups and input from those organisations has resulted in a comprehensive and strongly supported set of positions across the sector.
The Amy Gillett Foundation’s Dr Marilyn Johnson prepared a separate submission that we co-signed with AusCycling, Bicycle Queensland, Bike SA, Pedal Power and WestCycle. Other submissions were also drafted by 30Please.org, Bicycle NSW and Bicycle Network.
We worked to ensure these submissions were aligned and presented a united approach from the sector for this critical national strategy document.
The submissions provide a powerful set of arguments and a very comprehensive coverage of what is needed to make our roads, paths and routes safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
We encourage everyone with an interest in this area to read them.
We Ride’s national program
Preparing expert submissions is just one part of the federal advocacy work We Ride does. The foundation is supported by our members who make it possible for us to:
- Contribute expert submissions to key inquiries
- Organise the Parliamentary Friends of Cycling group and host all events in Parliament, lobby MPs and Senators on the key cycling priorities
- Roll out the national infrastructure mapping tool, Bicycle Transport Analysis
- Organise and host the Australian Bicycle Summit
- Organise and host the Cycling Luminaries Awards
- Develop the trial of a nationally scalable approach to active travel to school, RideScore, and
- Address important events as they arise;
- transport modelling for COVID,
- publish a letter from 100 Australian health and transport experts calling for space for safe walking and cycling during COVID, and
- produce a video that recognises the joys of cycling experienced in COVID and supports Council investments in bike infrastructure (Let’s Keep Moving!).