State Elections are on 24 March, 2019. As usual, bike groups are asking parties what they will do for cycling. The Liberals have shown little interest in promoting cycling over the last 4 years, and savagely increased fines for riding on footpaths and going through red lights, and they ripped up College St Cycleway and threaten the Alexandra Canal path and other bike paths due to Westconnex construction. They have increased spending on cycling infrastructure somewhat, with a special extra $60m fund in 2017, but nothing this year. They also did away with the Active Transport section in Transport for NSW. They have overseen a decline in cycling numbers in NSW. They haven’t approved the ramp on the Sydney Harbour Bridge after promising it in 2016 and RMS releasing the design for comment in 2018. They have increased the age for footpath cycling to 15 and under.
Labor has come out with a promise to double the spending on Active Transport (walking and cycling) to $412m a year, which is still well below what is required. What proportion will go to cycling is not specified. They will also reinstate the Active Transport section in TfNSW. They will spend $7m on a Ride to School program.
The Greens have released a Bicycle Policy and promise to build a Newcastle bike network.
Bicycle Network has a Summaryof election promises and what they want the parties to consider.
Bicycle NSW has also produced an election page on their Website.