20/06/2012

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Baillieu government has abruptly stopped funding bike infrastructure and programs in Victoria leaving cyclists reeling. The Greens are taking a stand and making sure that every cyclist in Victoria has a chance to make their voice heard.

On Sunday, along with Greens Senator and national transport spokesman Scott Ludlam, and Cathy Oke, the Greens candidate for the Melbourne by-election, I was able to launch a Melbourne bike black spot app that allows cyclists to dob in problems -- black spots, if you like -- or, for that matter, good examples of bicycle infrastructure and send them via their smart phone or the web to the Minister the Transport, Mr Mulder. Mr Mulder has already started receiving these. I know that, because the first one came from me, and since then he has received dozens more.

This Thursday, if members would like to get up bright and early, they can join a rally of cyclists on the steps of Parliament House at around 7.30 a.m. The cyclists are converging on Melbourne to call on the Baillieu government to return funding for cycling. More than a million Victorians cycle each day. Together with those cyclists the Greens are going to build a community campaign stronger and louder than ever before.

 

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