For too long our state governments have been addicted to roads and ribbon cutting, often at the expense of simple, sensible public transport and active transport solutions that are better for people and the planet. The Greens want to get SA moving by promoting public transport and active transport.
At a time when public transport and active transport are being taken up in greater numbers all around the world, South Australia is lagging behind. Our state spends millions on roads but has the lowest rate of investment in cycling infrastructure in the country. In 2015-16 we spent just $4 million on cycling infrastructure out of a $569 million roads budget — that’s 0.6%.
We’ve seen over and over how this vital infrastructure can hit disappointing roadblocks at different levels of government. That’s why we’re calling for free public transport, a major upgrade of South Australia’s public transport and active transport infrastructure, and the establishment of an independent Walking and Cycling Commissioner to champion activate transport.
The Greens have also secured a parliamentary inquiry into the role of government in encouraging cycling and walking and the future of e-scooters, which will consider:
- the availability and quality of public transport
- the role of government in enabling and encouraging active transport
- the use of e-scooters and potential opportunities for expansion or further regulation
Read more about my Bill for a Walking and Cycling Commissioner here.