Geoff Lyons

The Rudd Labor Government is committed to a national approach to increase cycling in our communities for both recreation and commuting purposes.

While Australia’s major cities remain among the world’s most livable with bicycle use at the highest level in 40 years, changing workforce patterns pose future challenges for transport infrastructure planning.

Recently the Federal Labor Government released Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport which sets out the simple steps that State and Territory governments and employers can take to increase the proportion of people riding for short trips. As part of this report the Federal Labor Government has agreed that all future urban road projects must include a safe, separated cycle way, where practical.

  • What are the benefits of bike riding in moving people around Tasmania?

The advantages of cycling are considerable, for each person that cycles 20 minutes to work and back, our economy benefits by $20 with better health outcomes, smoother roads, reduced vehicle and road costs and cleaner air. Of course, it is also the best way to experience the beautiful Tasmanian landscape.

  • What are your policies to encourage bike riding in Tasmania?
  • How is the population motivated to use bicycles instead of cars? How will you promote cycling as an attractive form of transportation?
  • The most recent survey by the Australian Sports Commission indicated that men were two and a half times more likely to commute by bicycle than women. Why do you believe this is, and what is your strategy to encourage women to cycle?

We know that people will cycle if it’s safe and convenient to do so - people will even cycle to the nearest bus station if there is a secure lock-up.

Women are much more likely to cycle if there is a safe, separated path. Information about designs of cycleways can be seen in the Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport report.

Riding is more common in areas with well-connected bicycle pathways that allow people to ride from door to door safely and easily, and where secure facilities for bicycle parking are available.

That’s why the Rudd Labor Government is committed to increasing cycling infrastructure around the country, providing Australians with a greener, healthier way of getting to and from school and work, as well as recreational facilities. 

Since coming to Government, Federal Labor has invested in expanding the nation’s cycling infrastructure, including our historic investment of $40 million as part of the national economic stimulus plan. This funding supported over 170 cycle infrastructure projects across Australia. In addition, Federal Labor has funded Cycling Australia over $7.8 million in 2013-14, making it the second highest funded national sporting organisation. This includes funding to increase participation in cycling as well as increase domestic women’s cycling events and their local broadcast.

  • Bicycle Tasmania has prioritised the following list of infrastructure projects, which are fully designed and ready to go on provision of funding. Which of these projects would you support if re-elected?

As mentioned above under Federal Labor, the Government made an unprecedented investment to expand the nation’s cycling infrastructure under the National Bike Path Projects funding.

This funding included $2.2 million in new infrastructure specifically for Tasmania, and our investment delivered projects worth $4.3 million, with the remainder of the funding provided by local councils.

All State and Territory Governments, and many local governments, have policies and programs in place to increase the share of active transport, including riding. The Federal Labor Government’s statement Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport outlines a national approach, for a re-elected Rudd Labor Government to work with other levels of government, the community and business, to further support and encourage this work.

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