2016 Federal Election Core Policies

Our Policy Approach

Our party is committed to develop policies, and support policies of other parties, which are well researched, evidence-based and promoting our cause – creating a cycling friendly Australia.

Although a single issue party, the impact of these cycling related policies are numerous and affect human health, environmental health and the economic health of our nation. The benefits to individuals, communities and our nation are many.

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Our Policies

There are numerous policies that can help support and increase cycling participation and create a safer cycling environment. Many of these policies involve only minor changes to existing infrastructure, laws or an adjustment to government priority-setting; some will need a complete re-think or overhaul.  Following is a list of policy initiatives we have established or support.


Cycling – a single issue with multiple impacts

Our Policies

Road Safety

  • A national minimal standard for cycling facilities and infrastructure, road surface, signage, bike lane design criteria and road regulations.
  • A legislated bias towards protecting vulnerable road users through improved enforcement.
  • Support for a national, minimum cyclist passing distance of 1 metre for up to 60 kph and 1.5 metres for over that speed,
  • Establish a national inquiry to review the efficacy of “mandatory bicycle helmet legislation”. Based on the recommendations of a recent inquiry in Queensland, we are ready to support the reform of bicycle helmet regulations that would allow adult cyclists the choice of wearing a helmet or not.
  • A review of speed limits to take into account road design and quality for both present and proposed road users.
  • Clarity and sufficiency in CTP insurance schemes to address injuries suffered by pedestrians and cyclists.

  • 3.6 million (17%) people ride a bike in Australia each week and 7.4 million (37%) had ridden at least once in the previous year.


  • Increased funding for the maintenance of current cycle paths and cycle lanes with a focus on outer-urban and regional roads and paths.
  • A national program to evaluate and encourage large businesses to promote non-motor vehicle options for employees.
  • A fundamental change to the Black Spot funding program to ensure it is not used as a political reward program and that projects deliver outcomes that meet or exceed current Austroads standards for safe design for all road users.
  • Development of a national “rail trails” network through new legislation and funding. (a safe cycling network – see railtrails.org.au) https://www.railtrails.org.au
  • The provision of bicycle storage in public transport and shopping and workplace destinations, to encourage travel by bicycle and bicycling tourism.
  • Automatic right-of-way preferencing of pedestrians and cyclists at signalised intersections by eliminating, wherever possible, “permission “or call buttons.
  • Commit a small percentage (circa. 2%) of the infrastructure budgets (roads, public transport and town planning) to expanding cycling infrastructure and facilities.

  • Cycling infrastructure is underfunded and the ACP proposes to quadruple it. According to the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016, bicycle expenditure makes up just 0.6% of road related expenditure in Australia, yet 2% of commuters are cyclists.

Education and attitudes - to improve awareness and safety

  • Ensuring all young people undergo bicycle skills training while at school.
  • Improve attitudes between road users, especially towards vulnerable road users, led by government-driven campaigns.
  • Motorist licensing tests to include 20% of questions towards road sharing regulations.
  • An evaluation of the adequacy of laws and penalties that apply to aggressive behaviour by drivers of motor vehicles towards pedestrians and cyclists (motor cyclists and bicyclists).
  • End violent assaults and verbal abuse towards vulnerable road users

  • Over a third of our children ride a bike weekly – the highest levels of cycling participation is amongst 2 to 9 year old children where 44% had ridden in the previous week, and 32% of 10 to 17 year olds.

Health - of humans and the environment

Allocate a small proportion (circa. 0.5%) of the health budget to improve cycling infrastructure which would encourage the frequency and levels of participation. The health and wellbeing and social benefits of cycling as a form of exercise are well documented. Cycling at recommended levels:

  • reduces obesity and hence helps to reduce diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis;
  • increases mental health and wellbeing;
  • increases muscular strength and flexibility, and hence helps to reduce leg and back pain.

Increased commuter cycling also reduces car traffic and hence helps to reduce air pollution, which is a known risk factor in asthma.

Government Accountability

The establishment of a non-partisan, cross-party commission – empowered to ensure government is acting to meet its cycling strategy targets and to report annually to the public on these actions and measures.