For too long our state governments have been addicted to roads and ribbon cutting, often at the expense of simple, sensible active transport solutions that are better for people and the planet. The Greens want to get SA moving by promoting active transport.
At a time when cycling 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 the establishment of an independent Walking and Cycling Commissioner to champion these inclusive and sustainable forms of travel, and promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits they bring to our state.
Read more about my Bill for a Walking and Cycling Commissioner here.
We will be talking to other parties urging them to support the Bill in coming weeks.