The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
14 July 2004
More Melbourne commuters will be able to cycle to their local train station and safely store their bikes under the Cycle Connect grants program announced by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp today.
"I'm delighted that Melbourne is to benefit from this Australian Government program that will provide $2.4m over two years for secure bike lockers to be installed at public transport hubs in our major urban centres," said Dr Kemp.
"In partnership with the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, a Cycle Connect grant of $216,000 will deliver approximately 250 lockers to Melbourne's public transport network over the next year.
"The Cycle Connect project will boost the number of secure bike lockers already provided in Melbourne and is targeted at those commuters who would use public transport regularly. Secure bike lockers are a low-cost alternative for those who start each day fighting for a carpark or paying for their car to sit all day at their local bus or train station."
"This project extends the 'catchment' areas of public transport networks by offering facilities for those who find it too far to walk to their local station but who are happy to cycle.
"One-third of car trips taken by Australians are less than three kilometres long and many trips could be taken on a bicycle if people were confident that their bike wouldn't be tampered with or stolen while they are at work.
"Substituting short car trips with bicycle rides is one way of keeping fit and healthy, while reducing congestion, greenhouse gas and pollution at the same time. For each three kilometres that are cycled rather than driven, we save about a kilogram of greenhouse gas emissions.
"To celebrate 2004 the Year of the Built Environment, we can all help create sustainable cities. This cycling initiative will help improve air quality so we have better places to live and work."
Dr Kemp said the Government had been pleased with the response to the program which consisted of extensions to existing locker schemes like Melbourne's and also applications for high security bicycle cages, a solution for larger scale parking.
Applications will again be sought next year for funding available in 2005-06.
Cycle Connect is a part of Measures for a Better Environment - an Australian Government initiative developed in collaboration with the Australian Democrats .
For details, visit www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/airquality/cycleconnect.html