NRMA has the winning argument on bicycle numbers

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Postby mikeg » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:31 pm

Did the NRMA count the number of cars using the Lane Cove Tunnel before it was opened? That is how ridiculous counting usage facilities before infrastructure is completed.
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Postby mich rolling » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:40 am

Alan Evans of NRMA thanks the authors of the Jamison Report for mapping out a way to reducing Australia's oil consumption by 50% mainly by making vehicle transport pay their way without subsidies.

The Jamieson Report commissioned by the NRMA recommends winding back subsidies favouring car use over other transport modes including BICYCLES (one mention of the word in the entire 60 page report) ... report.htm
".....a public transport revolution would see more metros and light rails built around the country.
NRMA Motoring and Services Director Graham Blight said taxpayers would be appalled to learn that almost $10 billion in public funds went to support the fossil fuel industry each year.
"If oil companies want to continue looking and drilling for oil then it should be done with their own money," Mr Blight said.
The NRMA wants the subsidies, which include fossil fuel tax concessions and discount excise on SUVs, to be wound back over three years. The money would be redirected to cleaner transport options.
"It's about spending the Australian people's funds on a greener future, not a polluted past," Mr Blight said.
The NRMA wants Australia's consumption of oil to halve by 2050. "

Section 8, page 56 even mentions bicycles as a transport mode unfairly disadvantaged by financial subsidies for cars.

8. Wind back subsidies that
reinforce oil dependence
There exists a raft of explicit (as well as
hidden) subsidies provided to fossil fuel
industries in Australia, as identified by
Riedy and Diesendorf. One of the easiest
ways for government to level the playing
field is to dismantle these subsidies,
explaining at the same time why it is
doing so.
The subsidies and incentives include tax
benefits for cars provided by employers
(but perversely excluding non-polluting
forms of transport such as bicycles and
public transport);
import duty inequities
for some SUVs; non-recovery of public
agency costs (such as the heavy industry
support provided for the oil exploration
industry by Geoscience Australia);
explicit fossil fuel tax concessions; fossil
fuel energy R&D (such as massive
expenditure in Australia on so-called
‘clean coal’ while winding back support
for renewable energy R&D); the diesel
fuel rebate scheme; and subsidies for
road use and car parking.

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