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#Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby AUbicycles » Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:06 pm

Imagine all of the major cycling organisations and communities in Australia united in getting Cycling on the agenda in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.

Bicycles Network Australia has joined the Vote4Cycling initiative, released today.The supporters: Amy Gillett Foundation | AustCycle | Bicycle Industries Australia | Bicycle Network Victoria | Bicycle NSW | Bicycle NT | Bicycle QLD | Bicycling Western Australia | Bicycle Tasmania | Bicycle South Australia | Cycling Australia | Cycling Promotion Fund | Pedal Power Canberra Region | RailTrails Australia | Bicycles Network Australia | Go! Alliance | Bike Sydney | Bike North


From the Vote4Cycling article on Bicycles Network Australia

What is Vote4Cycling?
1. A community petition to show broad support of cycling issues and demonstrate the level of community interest to politicians. You can show your support by clicking the “Count me in!” button on the Vote4Cycling website.

2. A proposal called The National Partnership Proposal which was formed by experts and which the Government can implement to improve the viability of cycling in the community and reap the associated benefits.

3. A platform for candidates in the 2013 Australian Federal Election to publish their policy statement or proposed initiatives related to cycling and alternative transport. The community can see what each candidate stands for.


Further details in the article - well worth getting behind to help make a difference.



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Re: Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby Rob74 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:09 pm

How about we get all the Local Council Unfunded Cycling Strategy Web Pages uploaded and linked to the Vote4Cycling Web Site.
=>> Lets see if we can make the funding a "Federal Level Priority"

I'll start
http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/transport/cycling_strategy
http://www.lakemac.com.au/cycling-strategy-2021
http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/Recreation/Recreationsub#cycleways

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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby AUbicycles » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:17 pm

Will Party Policy on Cycling Change your Vote this Election?
Vote4Cycling has collected the policy statements from the polictical parties and summarised these - worth reading to know what your preferred party is planning to do if they get into power.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby rkelsen » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:44 pm

According to the report mentioned in the vote4cycling blog:

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbanpolicy/active_travel/index.aspx

Cyclists deliver $1.43 in economic benefits per kilometre cycled!

That's my answer next time someone asks me why I shouldn't pay rego! I'm saving the government $12k per year... almost $43.5k in the past 4.25 years. :mrgreen:
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby briztoon » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:50 pm

Thanks for the links, I seemed to have missed these.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:22 pm

rkelsen wrote:According to the report mentioned in the vote4cycling blog:

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbanpolicy/active_travel/index.aspx

Cyclists deliver $1.43 in economic benefits per kilometre cycled!

That's my answer next time someone asks me why I shouldn't pay rego! I'm saving the government $12k per year... almost $43.5k in the past 4.25 years. :mrgreen:


This is AWESOME! Downloaded to my phone and saved next to the doorzone photo, next time some tries the "free rider" crap on me they'll be shown the bookmarked page :twisted:
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby rkelsen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:16 am

Mulger bill wrote:This is AWESOME!


But wait! It gets better:

Given that people can save the government $1.43 per kilometre travelled by cycling instead of driving, the logical extension of this is that motorists cost the government $1.43 with every km travelled, no?

Stay with me here, I'm a "numbers man," and am easily excited by this stuff... :)

So if the average motorist travels 20,000km per year, they cost the government $28,600.

Now, I would think that their figure of $1.43 has accounted for the collection of excise, GST and rego, but for the sake of this exercise, let's subtract these costs.

I'm making some assumptions here, namely:
- 20,000km travelled
- fuel consumption of 15l/100km (modern cars are generally more efficient than this)
- so 3,000 litres of fuel purchased per year
- fuel excise rounded up to the nearest cent to $0.39 per litre
- Vehicle purchase cost of $50,000 amortised over 4 years
- Insurance costs $1500
- Rego costs $650
- Tyres cost $1,500 amortised over 2.5 years

The figure I arrive at for excise, rego and GST is $3,700 per year.

So $28,600 less $3,700 = net cost to government of $24,900 or $1.24 per km.

Taking this figure and using the fuel consumption listed above, the excise collected on fuel would need to be $8.27 per litre higher than it currently is for the government to break even on motorists.

If they wanted to be equal to a cyclist who rides 3,000km per year (i.e. providing a $4,290 benefit to the government), the excise collected on fuel would actually need to be $9.73 per litre higher than it currently is.

User pays, huh?

Who are the real free-loaders?

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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby ausrandoman » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:49 pm

You think people are going to vote on the basis of policy and cost-benefit analysis?

Awwwww, that's sooo cute.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby g-boaf » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:43 pm

Well that worked well didn't it. :roll:

Looks like one of the Senate spots is going to the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:29 pm

g-boaf wrote:Well that worked well didn't it. :roll:

Looks like one of the Senate spots is going to the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party.


Oh Carp! You mean I wasted my time putting them in the low 80s? :(
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby ausrandoman » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:25 am

g-boaf wrote:Well that worked well didn't it. :roll:

Looks like one of the Senate spots is going to the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party.



It's even more ironic than you realise. One of the people behind the shifty preference swaps that get nut jobs and micro parties into the Senate is Glen Druery, keen cyclist and former RAAM rider.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby rkelsen » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:57 am

There are now 6 independants in the Senate!

I wonder if Mr. Abbott will keep his word about going to a double dissolution to get rid of the "carbon tax"?

Interesting times! :)
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby RonK » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:07 pm

rkelsen wrote:There are now 6 independants in the Senate!

I wonder if Mr. Abbott will keep his word about going to a double dissolution to get rid of the "carbon tax"?
I doubt it - it would be a risky tactic. He would have more to loose than gain.
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Re: #Vote4Cycling in 2013 Australian Federal Election

Postby sogood » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:26 pm

Well, one roadie in the lodge and one roo poo throwing petrol head in the Senate holding the balance of power. WT?!

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ ... 2tf8j.html
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