Colleen Hartland will join Yarraville West Primary School to celebrate Ride2School Day 2013.
"Kids say they’d rather ride or walk to school than be stuck in a car. They say it's fun and they get to travel with their friends. What they don't realise though is that this daily exercise is good for their health," said Colleen Hartland.
"It also means they arrive at school with higher concentration levels and a greater ability to take in classroom information; providing for improved learning."
"In the 1970s more than 80 per cent of children walked or rode to school but that number has fallen to only 20 per cent today. This figure is appalling and needs to be improved."
"7,000 trucks travel within 200 metres of Yarraville West Primary School every single day. We need to make it safe so that kids can ride to school every day, not just on Ride2School day."
Greens MP Colleen Hartland has congratulated the majority of Western Suburbs councils for exceeding the BiXE (Bicycle Expenditure Index) threshold, and is encouraging the two laggards to catch up.
"While it's great to see the majority of Western Suburbs councils investing in bicycle infrastructure, it's very disappointing to see Maribyrnong City Council miles behind the others" said Colleen Hartland.
"The abysmal spending of Maribyrnong is also out of step with other Inner Zone Councils."
"Many Inner Zone Councils are going above and beyond the BiXE threshold, such as Melbourne City Council with their spending of $50.07 per person. Maribyrnong, embarrassingly, spend only $0.91 per person."
Greens MP Colleen Hartland is very disappointed to see Labor criticising investment in cycling infrastructure in an attempt to score political points.
"Labor has cast a shadow over this week's Ride to Work Day by criticising one of the West's most important cycling infrastructure investments - the Westgate Punt" said Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland.
"Labor has stooped to a new low in criticising this small cycling infrastructure investment in an attempt to score political points, and just days out from its 1st year anniversary celebrations".
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SPEECH: Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) — My adjournment tonight is for the Minister for Public Transport.
The federation bike trail in the west has a missing link between Millers Road, Altona North, and Hyde Street, Yarraville. VicRoads made a commitment to fix the first section of this missing link to Williamstown Road with a bridge over the rail line and a 3-metre-wide path to Williamstown Road. It would be a direct and safe cycling route for cyclists in the west and form part of the principal bicycle network.
The four local councils involved, and the community, supported the project. It was meant to be completed by mid-2011, but it is already a year overdue and construction has not even started. While waiting for this missing link to be built, cyclists are forced to risk limb and life cycling on truck routes.
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