Greens SA Parliamentary Leader, Mark Parnell MLC, is calling on the State Labor Government to release a SA State Cycling Strategy. Six years after the last one expired, the Cycling Strategy is still listed as “under review” in the latest National Cycling Strategy Implementation Report.
“With the spotlight on us with the Tour Down Under starting today, it’s a national embarrassment that South Australia is the only State without a State cycling plan” said Mr Parnell.
“Every other State and Territory has produced a cycling strategy since the SA one expired in 2010. Why is it taking so long for the South Australian Government to prepare a new strategy?
The National Cycling Strategy Implementation Report also showed that State Government spending on cycling is still well below the national average per head of population with only $4.01 invested in cycling infrastructure in 2013-2014.
“In 2012-2013 SA was the worst in the nation with the least investment in cycling infrastructure and in 2013-2014 we just snuck ahead of the Northern Territory and Tasmania to become the third worst. With a 20% cut to the SA cycling budget last year, we’re now likely to be the most miserly again. It’s not good enough.”
“With bicycles outselling cars in Australia for the last 16 years in a row, the Government needs to be paying more attention to the needs and safety of cyclists. The Greens are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to increase funding for cycling to at least 1% of the Transport Department budget.”
“We also call on the Government to release a cycling strategy for public comment. It’s well overdue! Without a comprehensive long term direction for cycling, there is a risk that scarce funds will not be spent where it’s most needed” concluded Mark Parnell.