The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
20 February 2004
More regular commuters will be able to cycle to their local bus or train station and safely store their bike under a new program announced by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp today.
"I'm delighted to launch Cycle Connect, an Australian Government program that will provide $2.4m over the next two years for secure bike lockers to be installed at public transport hubs such as bus and train stations in our major urban centres," said Dr Kemp.
"One-third of car trips 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. Cycling just 10 kilometres each way to work instead of driving saves about $770 in transport costs and 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
"The Cycle Connect project will boost the number of secure bike lockers already provided in some major cities by approximately 3 000, 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."
Dr Kemp said the government was now seeking applications for the grants, to be advertised in tomorrow's press. Applications for a minimum of 100 lockers over a number of sites will be preferred. In-kind and funding contributions will be sought for siting, safe access and other infrastructure such as ramps or lighting to establish best practice facilities.
"This project will extend 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.
"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.
"I invite all state and local governments and transport operators to consider applying for a grant before the closing date of Friday 26 March 2004."
For details visit www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/airquality/cycleconnect.html or phone 02 6274 2943.
'Cycle Connect' is a part of Measures for a Better Environment — an Australian Government initiative developed in collaboration with the Australian Democrats.