Sustainable Transport ~ Bicycle Transport

Bicycles have a critical role in moving toward sustainable transport.

The bicycle is an accessible, low cost, non-polluting and healthy mode of travel.

To improve our health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on transport fuel, the share of trips made by bicycle should be increased significantly through effective promotion, planning and infrastructure provision.

Greater use of bicycles would bring social, environmental and economic benefits including:

Transport and land use planning should promote increased bicycle use. For many years bicycles have been a marginalised mode in transport planning and urban design. Investment in bicycle transport is a 'no regrets' option that is justified on health, environmental and economic grounds and will enhance sustainability.

A proactive approach is needed to better meet the needs of bicycle users.

This demands a quantum improvement in planning and provision for bicycles in the transport system.


Creating bicycle safe environments

To encourage greater bicycle use commuters and families need to lobby local planners and councils to provide a safe, friendly environment, an integrated, accessible network of paths and on-road routes that provides adequate space for bicycles.

Cairns is a linear city on mostly level ground and is ideally suited for commuter trains that allow people to take their bike on the train. Such a system has the potential to drastically reduce rush hour congestion, reduce poisonous fumes and make for a healthier lifestyle, as well as significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The principle that 'every street is a bicycle street' should be embedded in road design and planning. Safety will also be improved through appropriate traffic regulations, speed limits and education. Priorities include:

Give bicycles greater priority in planning and transport infrastructure

Bicycle transport should be recognised as a legitimate and preferred mode of travel. Land use planning should promote access by bicycles and investment in infrastructure for bicycle transport should be increased. This requires professional development, proactive planning policy, integrated and holistic planning practice and increased spending on bicycle transport. Priorities include:


Better represent bicycle transport interests in policy making

The voice of bicycle users and interests of bicycle transport should be better represented in policy-making forums. This is a basic requirement if bicycle transport is to have fairer consideration in planning and managing the transport network. Priorities to achieve this:

Promote bicycling as a preferred travel mode

Electric assist bicycle