Cyclists welcome record investment in safe and sustainable transport
Cycling advocates say the new transport budget is good news for safer roads.
The Government released the new Government Policy Statement (GPS) on transport funding today. It allocates up to $1.1 billion for new cycling and walking projects, up to $4.8 billion for rapid transit, and up to $8 billion for public transport over the next ten years.
Cycling Action Network spoksman Patrick Morgan says everyone's a winner under the new transport budget.
“I predict the new emphasis on safety, on less congestion, and on increased economic growth will be popular.”
“I note that Aucklanders recently voted for higher fuel taxes in order to address congestion.”
“Last week the Waikato Regional Council asked the Government to support safer speed limits on rural roads, which will save lives.”
Mr Morgan says cycling is also a winner.
“The new transport budget is a strong tailwind for cycling.”
“Public demand for investing in cycling has never been higher. Cycling delivers more transport choices, better health, lower transport bills and is loads of fun.”
“Drivers are better off. With more people on bikes, road space is freed up for people who need to drive.”
Cycling Action Network presented an 11,000-signature petition calling for safe streets, to Associate Transport Minister, Julie Anne Genter in April.
“We are delighted that the Government is heeding the call for safe streets.”
CAN – Cycling Action Network