The Bicycle Network is asking the incoming state government to commit $310 million to cycling in NSW.
The national not-for-profit organisation, which launched the Vote Bike 2015 campaign last week, has secured more than 600 signatures on a petition targeting candidates in the March 28 state election. The group aims to get 1000 signatories who want better cycle infrastructure, safer conditions for cyclists on roads. The group also wants to get children more active by implementing a ride2school program.
Bicycle Network NSW manager Ryan Lonsdale told the Newsroom health statistics showed only one in four children were getting the recommended exercise they needed – a minimum of one hour per day, five times a week.
“We know that the bike is one of the best ways to get people moving and we want to incorporate that into our daily lives,” Mr Lonsdale said. “At the end of the day we want to see this population moving.”
Although cycleways have been introduced throughout the Sydney CBD with support from Mayor Clover Moore, Mr Lonsdale claims the Baird government’s main focus is on roads.
“We have already had initial conversations with the state government and with the parties involved,” Mr Lonsdale said. “We want to make sure that cycling is on the agenda for all the planning.”
Brigette, a cyclist from Manly Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and supporter of the campaign, said she believes the roads are not up to scratch and there is a big driver mentality.
“I would like to see a change in more respect for cyclists but also cyclists respecting drivers,” she said in a YouTube video for the Bicycle Network.
Mr Lonsdale said the Bicycle Network has had no feedback from either of the major parties in NSW.
The Vote bike 15 campaign is encouraging people to support their cause and sign its petition. – Marc Summers
Top photo by Rebekah Day.