Why Isn’t Australia a Cycling Mecca?
Elizabeth Butterworth, Dorina Pojani
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
European Transport \ Trasporti Europei (2018) Issue 69, Paper n° 4, ISSN 1825-3997
Not sure if it's been referenced elsewhere, so please ignore if so. Else thought it was worthwhile posting for discussion.
I would personally prefer any comments or discussion to be the result of everyone having actually read the paper (18 pages) but of course I can't stop people from chiming in.
In theory, Australian cities are ideal for cycling. In view of their high potential, this study seeks to answer “why Australia is not a cycling mecca.” This is an issue of importance in the current era of grave concern about climate change. The authors have sought input from professionals working in government and non-government organisations across five of the largest state capitals (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide). The conceptual framework which guided the research considers the role of ideas, interests, and institutions in facilitating or preventing policy change in favour of cycling. In addition to identifying barriers, the study provides a set of recommendations on how to overcome those barriers.
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