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Greens call for cycling revolution

21 February 2022

The Greens have today launched their plan for a $20million cycling revolution, ahead of the March 2022 state election.

“At a time when places around the world are rapidly investing in cycling infrastructure and incentivising that infrastructure and active transport, South Australia is lagging behind,” said Greens’ spokesperson on Transport, Robert Simms MLC.

“In this period of climate crisis, we are calling on both major parties to match the Greens’ commitment and rethink the way that travel occurs in our state,” Mr Simms concluded.

Under the Greens’ cycling revolution plan we would:

  • Allocate an additional $20m over 4 years, to the State Bike Fund, to develop a low stress local street network
  • Fund a state-wide cycling education program for school- age children around bike confidence, road safety and health and well-being;
  • Provide safer riding by expanding on-road and off-road infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and bicycle paths;
  • Provide incentives to local Councils for pop up bikeways to encourage cycling during COVID
  • Reduce speed limits in residential areas to promote community safety
  • Ensure new major artillery roads and road upgrades provide both on-road and off-road facilities for cyclists of varying abilities;
  • Invest in safe and secure public bike storage around the CBD, at all train stations, ‘park’n’ride’ stations and public transport interchanges;
  • Ensure that end-of-trip facilities (such as bike storage, showers and lockers) are provided in all new commercial, industrial or multi-dwelling developments;
  • Establish a Walking and Cycling Commissioner to encourage walking and cycling as modes of travel; promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits; and prepare and promote strategies to make walking and cycling inclusive for everybody in South Australia.
  • Maintain the minimum distance laws for cars passing bicycles and allocate more resources to dedicated policing of it; and
  • Fit buses with bike racks for those commuting from outer suburbs or rural areas.