LABOR TO MAKE CYCLING AND WALKING SAFER FOR ALL
An Andrews Labor Government will make cycling and walking safer for all Victorians, investing $122.5 million to save lives, boost jobs and tourism and reduce congestion on our roads.
Labor will establish a $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund to invest in new, dedicated paths and routes across Victoria, keeping bikes and walkers away from traffic.
The fund will also focus on improving routes to train stations and the CBD, creating new routes in regional areas, filling the ‘missing links’ in the existing bicycle network, and pedestrian crossings, markings and signs.
Labor will also establish Active Transport Victoria, a new division within the Department of Transport. It will focus on increased participation and safety among cyclists and pedestrians across Melbourne and regional cities.
Active Transport Victoria will develop policies, suggest changes to roads and paths, and advise on the development of the cycling and walking network. It will receive $3.3 million in funding over three years.
Under Labor, regional Victoria will always get its fair share. Labor has already announced $19 million for the Grampians Peak Trail and $150,000 to kick start the Wandong to Bendigo Rail Trail, boosting tourism and jobs.
Under Labor, a Parliamentary committee will inquire into the collection of statewide data for cycling (and motorbike) accidents, to understand the scope of the problem and find the solution.
Cyclists are 34 times more likely than a car occupant to be seriously injured on the road and 4.5 times more likely to die in an accident. 40 pedestrians were killed on the road so far this year, with almost half aged over 60.
- Labor’s Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund will funded via the TAC’s $1 billion Safe System Roads Infrastructure Program.