Posted on 23. May, 2012 in News
Melbourne’s south east suburbs will miss out on vital bicycle safety infrastructure after the Baillieu Government slashed funding to a major bicycle infrastructure program, Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said today.
The Government has failed to provide the VicRoads Bicycle Program with any new funding in this year’s State Budget after years of record investment by the previous Labor Government.
“Bike usage is increasing and infrastructure improvements are needed but the Baillieu Government has delivered a horror budget for Victorian bicycle riders,” Mr Donnellan said.
“The Baillieu Government is winding back the clock on vital community bike safety improvement projects and there is now significant doubt that many projects will be completed.
“The Baillieu Government will deliver only four bicycle projects next financial year, down from 22 in the previous year.
“This means south east communities will miss out on much-needed funding for new bicycle lanes, intersection upgrades and bike trails.
“This is a kick in the guts to the hundreds of south east residents who cycle to work, school, train stations, or for recreation and exercise.”
Mr Donnellan said studies had shown that investment in bike safety improvements reduced the risk of injury and death.
“Roads Minister Terry Mulder must explain why the Government has failed to provide one new dollar to this program and how it intends to make bicycling safer without making improvements to infrastructure,” he said.
“If the Baillieu Government cared about south east cycling families and road safety it would reinstate funding to improve bicycling infrastructure immediately.
“Bicycle safety projects throughout Victoria – many partially completed – may now come to a standstill.”