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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

1 April 2006

Pedal power can help the planet


Choosing active transport options such as cycling can help reduce pollution and congestion, improve our health and tackle climate change, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

Senator Campbell today congratulated cyclists finishing the 90 km Great Western Australian Bike Ride at Langley Park in Perth, WA. Today’s leg was the last 90 km of a 750 km two-week ride from Albany.

“This is a great community event that shows how alternative transport modes can be both healthy and fun,” he said.

“The Australian Government supports our local communities to increase their health and improve their local environment by choosing to cycle rather than jumping in their car.”

Australian households contribute 20 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions with a third of this coming from transport.

“Everyone can play their part in reducing Australia’s transport emissions. Simple things like encouraging your children to ride or walk to school, walking to the shops, driving to work with a colleague, or ditching the car for your next holiday and trying a cycle tour instead, are both fun and worthwhile,” Senator Campbell said.

“The Government works closely with a range of organisations on projects as diverse as the Women’s Cycling Network, the Centre for Excellence in Cycle Tourism, and Cycle Connect grants for bike lockers at bus and train stations to help people make easier transport choices.

“As well as promoting cycling, my department is also setting an example – taking practical steps to encourage its staff to cycle to work and cycle to meetings. The Department of Environment and Heritage fleet of seven bikes each year travels 2400 km, saves $3000 in transport costs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides staff with 160 hours of healthy exercise. It’s an award winning example of practicing what we preach.

“Congratulations to all who took part in this ride – these efforts are a good example for the rest of the community,” he said.

For more information about cycling and other active transport options please visit www.travelsmart.gov.au

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Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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