- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 12 October 2013
Cycling in Australia gets Political. The news has gone out late Friday that the Australian Cyclists Party has been launched. It is early days and they are now seeking members.
About the Australian Cyclists Party (from website):
For decades cyclists have pushed, prodded, begged, knocked on doors, written countless submissions, rode in protest, signed petitions and defied frankly pretty lousy conditions to exercise their right to enjoy cycling in Australia.
For all of that, most areas in Australia are well behind in developing infrastructure and reasonable cycling facilities and attitudes. Many cyclists who have ridden elsewhere in the world have been left wondering why we cannot do better here? Why has cycling been demonised, politicised and criticised so often in the media and by government officials? Why has no party made improving cycling a high priority? Not just talking about doing it, but committing to an approach with resources that can make a big difference.
Should we stop trying so hard to convince those that don’t want to be convinced? Should we instead do as other groups are doing and seek positions of power to redress the imbalance? Is this the time to get on with it?
An effort has begun to help answer these questions and figure out what we could do and what we should do and how we approach it? Interested in getting involved?
Find out more including party membership information: www.australian-cyclists-party.org
Disclosure: I have applied to joined the party as a member on 17.10.2013. Bicycles Network Australia is not aligned with the political party and remains independent.