Bicycle Network have put together a Federal Election cycling commitment tracker. There has been no specific pledges for funding the extension of the Upfield bike path to Upfield and eventually to Wallan, even though it passes through and affects the cycling journeys of citizens in the Federal electorates of Wills, Calwell and McEwen, all with sitting Labor MPs.
Across Australia Bicycle Network advocated for a $492 million fund based on $20 per head for the Australian population. “This level of funding broadly matches what is spent in Denmark, London and the Netherlands. This is only five per cent of the budgeted $9 billion to be spent on communications and transport infrastructure in 2019-20.”
Read the Bicycle Network Federal Election Policy paper.
Local cycling funding pledges
There have been a couple of cycling announcements here in Moreland by both Labor and the Greens.
Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil announced $500,000 funding for connecting the yet to be constructed dedicated bicycle lane on Cumberland Road in Pascoe Vale with the Upfield Bike Path by extending the existing bicycle lane along O’Hea Street between Sussex Street and Cumberland Road. In the media interview ‘Albo’ stuffed up his lines leading to some confusion about exactly what the funding was for. Khalil’s media release had more clarity: ‘extending the existing bicycle lane along O’Hea Street between Sussex Street and Cumberland Road’.
The Greens also chose to announce their national commitment to a $1 billion cycling infrastructure fund at the corner of Park street Capital City Trail and Nicholson street, bordering both the Wills Electorate and the Melbourne electorate.
- Establish the Office of Road Safety
- $7.5 million to help build a 13-kilometre stretch of the of Northern Rivers Rail trail from Casino to Bentley, as well as public facilities at Bentley.
- $5 million for CCTV, lighting and speed inhibitors on Melbourne’s Yarra Boulevard and $1.5 million to fix the Walmer Street bridge
- A $40 million upgrade to the Clyde Road intersection in Melbourne will include a dedicated cycling lane over the Monash Freeway.
- $2.5 million for mountain bike paths in Queenstown, Tasmania
- The Liberal’s plan for transport infrastructure does not reference active transport, however it does include:
– A new Commuter Car Park Fund – no detail about the provision of bike parking.
– Safer local roads and bridges through the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, and Bridges Renewal programs.
– Major road upgrades to bust congestion, improve safety and help businesses move more efficiently.
- $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy to build cycleways including:
- $7 million to fund a new bike path from Greensborough to Montmorency
- $1 million for shared pathways in Woolongong
- $6.2 million for bike links and re-vegetation in Parramatta
- Funding for 50 per cent of 45-kilometre stretch of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail from Casino to Eltham.
- $500,000 to complete the connection of Glenroy and Coburg with the Upfield bike path.
- $4.8 million to fund a link West Footscray Station to the Maribyrnong River via Napier Street.
- $280,000 for the Dial Range Mountain Bike Park in Tasmania.
- $1.2 million for Queenstown Mountain Bike Paths
- Labor’s national platform (p.58) states:
– Labor encourages walking and cycling as forms of transport. There are considerable benefits for
individuals and the community as a whole from a healthier, more active, more included population.
– Labor will require active transport be considered in land transport projects. Labor will support road safety initiatives for cyclists and pedestrians and higher cycling and walking rates.
– Labor will implement and build upon active transport initiatives including the National Road Safety Strategy and National Cycling Strategy, including standardising data for fatalities and serious injuries, by transport mode, across jurisdictions.
- $1 billion in funding for people who ride bikes which includes:
- Create a network of safe and unbroken bicycle routes
- Develop end-of-trip facilities (such as showers and lockers) that encourage cycling
- Invest in safe and secure bicycle storage at train stations and major hubs
- Provide a safer means of cycling by creating separated bicycle paths, prioritising high risk corridors
- Boost bike tourism by building regional bike trails and facilities
- See the Greens Transport policy
- The Greens’ Election Platform promises to prioritise clean, safe, affordable public and active transport.