Many cyclists in Australia think cycling is common and popular here, but is that actually true? A recent international survey from 2022 of 22 countries shows that Australia belongs to a handful of English speaking countries that are cycling laggards. Compared to other countries, many people in Australia do not support investment in cycling infrastructure. It took 20 years for the majority of Australians to support climate change. Research (2019 Federal Election) showed that even when the majority recognised the problem many were not prepared to vote for it. How long, therefore, before we are prepared to vote for cycling?
It is an obvious question, where does the ACT Planning Bill 2022 mandate green house gas (GHG) reductions. GHG emission are the major driver of climate change. The Climate Change Emergency implies that we should be trying to reduce them.
TCCS decisions should be made to align the best “plan for success” (strategy) but in fact the decisions are still made under the “illusion of continuity”, that our car centric ways can be continued indefinitely. The climate change emergency is ignored and with it, we fail to plan for a future that looks different to the past. The traffic modelling and thinking in TCSS has a bias towards the status quo and inhibits the transition of our transport culture to a low carbon one.
IPCC Climate Change 2022 report discusses amongst other things (in a 3000 page document) the importance of how we build our cities and the change to modes of transport can greatly increase our emissions as a society. Cycling has, apart from walking, the lowest emission of any transport mode. To make cycling for transport work, we need to build our city to support it. Here are highlights relating to these topics.