Public and Active Transport Networks are vital to the success of our society. They provide a healthy and economic means of communication and movement. They enable the young, old, less mobile, and those with limited means to be social and access employment and essential services.
Yet before the election was called, two of the nations major parties were committing to immediately sink billions of dollars into motorways and nothing into public or active transport. This is despite the Deputy Prime Minister releasing the State of Australian Cities 2013 just days before the election with the following finding:
“The economy benefits by more than $21 every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work” Tuesday July 31st 2013 SMH
Join us in the campaign to have active and public transport adequately funded by the Government’s of Australia.
Our policies of continuous incremental improvement and maximising use of existing infrastructure capacity combine to create a cost-effective plan for Sydney. Take for example the Pippita City Express, this proposal with just one station and one car park can take thousands of cars off the roads; and for less than 1% the cost of the Westconnex Motorway.
Our proposals for staged deliver of a Light Rail network around the South East and Sydney Central Business Districts build to an orbital network connecting thousands of people to jobs, services, and recreation. On their own each stage would deliver significant benefits to the people of Sydney, but together they are a proposal that has the power to transform our city from one built on cars to one designed for people.
Ecotransit is a not-for-profit member-based public and active transport community advocacy group.