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Cycling Victorian Labor promises $100 million to get Victorians on their bikes The Age Nov 15th 2014 Community Safety



Cycling for Recreation is about "Safe exercise." 


Cycling for Transport is also about "Safe low-emission travel"



Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate





"The right to be safe on the road extends to everyone - DRIVERS, cyclist and walkers. 

Their lives are worth every cent," 

Mr Andrews said.










State election 2014: Labor promises $100 million to get Victorians on their bikes


Adam Carey November 15, 2014

Labor has promised to spend $100 million over six years CREATING A network of paths for cyclists and pedestrians to reduce death and injury on the roads.
The Opposition said it would also set up a new authority to promote cycling and walking, called ACTIVE Transport Victoria, which focus on linking up the bicycle network in Melbourne and in regional cities and growing rates of cycling and walking.
The authority, which will get $3.3 million FUNDING over three years, would also suggest road rule changes and develop new policies. 
Opposition leader Daniel Andrews said Labor would "build the paths to get the bikes off the road and out of the traffic, making life easier for cyclists and motorists alike".   
Key to Labor's promise is the $100 million safer active transport infrastructure FUND, which it said would go towards dedicated paths, routes to railway stations and into the CBD from middle and inner suburbs and new routes in regional areas.
But Bicycle Network spokesman Chris Carpenter said the $100 million FUND was good news.
"Bicycle Network has campaigned for a commitment for a dedicated bike fund since it was scrapped back in 2012," he said.
"We welcome this new commitment to a dedicated bike infrastructure fund." 
Funding for Ride to School is due to expire in June.
No specific projects have been identified yet for Labor's fund; a priority list would be made and work would start next year, it said.   
The Opposition pointed to data from the Transport Accident Commission that showed cyclists are 34 times more likely than the occupant of a car to be seriously injured in a crash and 4½ times more likely to be killed. Forty pedestrians have been killed on the road this year, 19 of them aged over 60.
Last year, DRIVER deaths decreased four per cent while cyclist deaths jumped nine per cent and pedestrian deaths were up 5 per cent on 2012. 
"The right to be safe on the road extends to everyone - DRIVERS, cyclist and walkers. Their lives are worth every cent," Mr Andrews said.
Labor's promise marks the first mention of cycling from either major party so far in this election campaign.
Bicycle Network's Mr Carpenter said Melbourne needed a cycling and walking network that made being active part of the norm.
"At the moment what happens is people get up and go to work and they jump in a car because the environment doesn't exist FOR PEOPLE to be active," he said. "They need to put a magnifying glass over the whole thing and think, 
how can we get more people riding, how can we get more people walking?"   



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