LESS than $3 a person — that’s how much the State Government invested per person in cycling infrastructure in this state, a national report released this month has found.

with my understanding 0 in the last budget.   

The actual report is here 

Bicycle Council

the news title unsurprising is miss leading though as Tas and NT spend less  interesting overview though.

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The Dutch spend about 30 Euros per person - just sayin'

They also manage to spend that money very efficiently, eg: 0.2m Euros for replacing 400m of road and redesigning it.

They don't spend that money because more people use bikes for some of their transport. It is the other way around.

Transport choice follows the money. If you spend all of your transport budget on car-based transport, that is what people will use. We already know that but it is spelled out clearly here - this guy was one of the best presenters at Velo-City (seriously worth watching in full):

It's disappointing that the article is buried on the Adelaide now website too..... especially because I'm in the photo!

Good photo.  Does Nara ride that bus to work because it wouldn't fit in the bike racks there?  Heck, my 'bent hangs out from those racks so I park at 30.  Still, parking for 120 bikes is a good effort for a building with 850 workers.

Hey Ian, I'm not there anymore (since Jan), but used to ride the cargo bike in once a week and park it at the UPark on Flinders. On the other days I would leave my white Gazelle in the No 60 racks, but only if there was a spot on the bottom (ie almost never) as my gazelle weighs 28kg with the kiddy seat on the back (I'd drop my toddler off on the way in). I usually ended up next door. Whilst I hated that the racks in my building were usually full, I also loved it.

Pathetic and quite annoying .. grr

Our govts don't spend enough on cycling. Think of the large amounts spent on motorised transport, including freeways.

Cycling has many advantages for community and government:
– Reduces road congestion and its impact on business
– Frees up car parking and/or land space
– Minimal wear on roads, unlike vehicles with greater mass and velocity
– Cheaper to install infrastructure for bicycles than for vehicles
– Exercise improves health and decreases obesity, so can benefit the health budget
– Does not create air or noise pollution, or the associated health problems
– Cycling rarely hurts other road users, unlike motorised transport
– Affordable transport that assists social inclusion for all

Supporting fact sheets of the Cycling Promotion Fund at
--> CPF promotional resources

philw, you are a member of Adelaide BUG but have not provided an email address to receive the newsletter.

From the BUG News Jul-2014.
2.6 State budget and cycling
By the Government of South Australia.
Published on Thursday 19-Jun-2014.

State Govt Budget 2014-15, 2014-15 Budget Paper 4, 2014-15 Agency Statements – Volume 3
Agency: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Targets 2014-15:
- Double participation of the Way2Go Bike Education program to more than 8,000 primary school students in 90 schools annually. [An annual incremental increase in funding will deliver the program to an additional 1,000 students each year. Media release at ]
- Complete the Greenways bike route and pedestrian access to public transport project, to improve cycle connectivity across the urban network. [Funding from previous budget.]
- Extend the network of bike lanes on the urban arterial road network to promote increased cycle usage and a ‘share the road’ philosophy. [Continued funding at previous levels.]
- Develop a new Cycling Strategy. [Does not require funding.]

Mark Parnell MLC posted on 19-Jun-2014 on AC his disappointment in the state budget. "I have just received the budget papers for the DPTI. The line item for ‘Greenways and Cycle Paths’ is $0."

Editor’s note: I understand from the Cycling & Walking Section, DPTI, that some items will be funded from the previous state budget, so not ‘new’ money. Funding has been continued for the State Bicycle Fund and the State Black Spot Cycling Projects.

Also from BUG News Jul-2014.
2.7 State budget and changes to MAC
By David Washington.
Published by Indaily on Thursday 19-Jun-2014.

. . . The Government will end the Motor Accident Commission’s monopoly on offering compulsory third-party insurance, effectively privatising that part of the commission’s business. Private operators will be allowed into the market – and MAC will withdraw – from 30-Jun-2016.  The MAC’s surplus net assets are anticipated to be more than $1 billion – [ONLY] half of that money will be returned to the Highways Fund.
. . .

Heather's note: Previously some money from MAC has gone into the government’s Highways Fund, and Pedestrian and Cycling Improvements Programs. The latter will provide for 2 bicycle boulevards in 2014-15. In 2016 when MAC’s role changes, it seems only half of the surplus will be returned to the Highways Fund.

This is why most of my friends who have bikes never ride them,  "it's too dangerous"

It is so depressingly sad, but I guess just a result of years of mismanagement and a reflection of the general populations lack of understanding of what communities in the 21st century need to fight obesity, improve mental health, improve mobility, preserve the environment, fight dependency on oil, raise independent kids etc. etc. etc.

Anyway, I am moving back to Copenhagen next month, mainly for family reasons, but expect to be back at some stage. Feel free to drop me a line if you happen to be in the area and would like to borrow a bike or want an introduction to world-class infrastructure that is under constant improvement.

Wow, big news - take care and have fun.

Hope you still can find time to comment here on AC, the Copenhagen Connection!

All the very best Ken. Enjoy your time. Learn lots then come back and run for mayor or something :)


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