Bicycling Western Australian joined other bicycle organisations and industry leaders in Canberra for the national Bicycle Summit.
AUSTRALIAN BICYCLE SUMMIT 2016
On Wednesday, 16 March Bicycling Western Australian joined other bicycle organisations and industry leaders in Canberra for the national Bicycle Summit.
The Summit is the key opportunity every year for Australian cycling organisations to discuss a national agenda for cycling and build consensus for a unified approach to federal government.
Canberra’s iconic Lobby Restaurant was the venue for the 2016 Summit Parliamentary Dinner.
Following Prime Minister Turnbull’s focus on a new engagement in the Cities Agenda and appointment of the Hon Angus Taylor as Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Bicycle Summit was one of the first occasions to hear from Minister Taylor about his plans in the Ministerial Key Note Address.
The Summit was also privileged to hear from US President Obama’s appointee and Executive Director of the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Ms Shellie Pfohl, who discussed the work in the US that has seen the rate of childhood obesity decline for the first time in history. Ms Pfohl provided the Key Note Address.
The Parliamentary hosts for the event were the Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Giles MP and Senator Janet Rice. Each was able to present their thoughts to the assembled Parliamentarians, industry and bike sector guests. The work done over several years with Parliamentarians means the bicycle sector has a strong network that enables effective government relations efforts to be undertaken to raise issues in favour of better conditions for bicycle riders.
All Australian bicycle sector organisations were present at the event (just the NT couldn’t make it), and announced their policy platform for the 2016 federal election campaign, agreed to by all organisations during the Summit sessions on the day.
While the principal element of the campaign was announced – a national $10 per person, per year investment in bicycle infrastructure – full development of the campaign materials, background and actions will be undertaken to coincide with the elections when they are announced.
The following official statement was made to the Minister, attending Members of Parliament, industry and guests:
‘The Australian bicycle summit calls on the government to invest in Australia’s future by enabling more people to ride their bikes every day through an infrastructure investment of $10 per person per annum.
This investment relieves our congested cities and local communities, solves our sedentary lifestyle crisis, and provides economic, safety and environmental benefits.’
Major awards were also announced in the Cycling Promotion Fund’s national Cycling Luminaries Awards in the categories of Bike Culture and Behaviour Change, Infrastructure and the Built Environment and Leadership.
AUSTRALIAN BICYCLE SUMMIT 2015
On the 3 and 4 March 2015 BWA along with eleven other peak bike riding advocacy organisations and industry leaders united at the inaugural Australian Bicycle Summit, held at Parliament House in Canberra. The summit highlighted the economic, social and environmental benefits of cycling and identified solutions to generate the investment and policies required to get more Australians cycling.
The Parliamentary Dinner was a highlight with substantial representation from MPs and Senators and dual Key Note Address from global travel demand guru, Rose McArthur (Mott McDonald), and Director of Engineering Services (and Active Transport expert) at the City of Gold Coast, Alton Twine.
The Summit was followed up by the national advocate organisations taking their position to a series of meetings with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, MPs and Senators the next day.
On 3 March 2015, the Australian Bicycle Summit met in Canberra to develop an ambitious vision to make Australia more productive through the implementation of policy options to get more Australians cycling.
We are seeking consideration of the following outcomes as the first steps towards a healthier and safer Australia.
Increasing the number of Australians cycling will help to address critical challenges confronting the Australian community, in particular:
Challenge: Transport congestion and a lack of comprehensive active travel infrastructure is having a significant impact on national productivity at an estimated cost of $20 billion per annum by 2020.
Solution: Ensure that infrastructure projects funded through transport investment programs reflect all transport modes including riding and walking infrastructure as part of the works.
Outcome: Safe cycling infrastructure increases the uptake of cycling within the community. More cycling friendly communities enhance property values, increase opportunities for local small business and develop a more productive and engaged workforce.
Challenge: While the overall road toll has decreased by 3.7 per cent per year, bicycle rider fatalities have risen by around 7.4 per cent year on year over the past five years.
Solution: Carry out a broader safety review including directing your department to support the Australian Road Rules Maintenance Group to assess a minimum overtaking distance as part of the Model Australian Road Rules. Half of the States and Territories have already adopted or committed to trailing safe overtaking rules to protect bicycle riders.
Outcome: A safer Australia as part of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2015?2017.
Challenge: Inactivity related illnesses are on track to become the biggest killer of Australians at a cost of $58 billion in indirect costs per annum.
Solution: Australia needs a national approach to physical inactivity to address chronic diseases. The national approach should prioritise the active travel options of riding and walking.
Outcome: A more active Australia. A significant reduction in health spending; increased national productivity and better quality of life.
The cycling sector wants to work collaboratively with the Commonwealth Government to deliver these outcomes for Australia.