The future of mobility in our cities - where does cycling fit in?
Nov 08, 2012
Australia has a strong dependence on the motor car for transportation, with traffic congestion estimated to cost around $11 billion a year. This reliance on the motor car is also contributing to Australia having the highest fuel intensity and emissions per capita in the OECD.
We need to look at alternative forms of transportation to overcome these issues that are impacting our nation. Cycling is a great alternative, as it is the most energy efficient form of sustainable transport.
As the number of cyclists on our roads increase traffic congestion is reduced, air quality improves and there is reduced noise in our communities. Cycling also helps to improve fitness and in some cases can save time (when travel time is measured from door to door, journeys up to five kilometres are generally faster by bicycle).
A survey1 from the Australian Bicycle Council found that in a typical week around 18 percent of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation with around 3.6 million people riding for recreation, leisure or sport and 1.2 million people making at least one transport journey.
With the trend towards cycling looking to increase and the opportunity to move towards a more integrated transport network there is a real solution for a sustainable future of mobility within our cities.
1 In August 2011 the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey.