ID or no ID, that’s not the real cycling question

ID or no ID, that’s not the real cycling question

Cyclists have been protesting in New South Wales this week against the government’s proposed cyclist photo ID laws, but the real cycling problem is that we don’t have the right infrastructure in the right places to support walking and cycling. Providing the wrong infrastructure means that people drive their cars. We need an infrastructure revolution.

“The real problem is that we don’t have the right infrastructure in the right places to support walking and cycling. Providing the wrong infrastructure means that people drive their cars” writes Rachel Smith in her book Decongestion

“The solution” says Rachel Smith “is that we create an infrastructure revolution. The Los Angeles Department of Transport said, for the bicycle to catch on we need a revolution in our infrastructure.

Right now only around 2% of Australians cycle to work and studies suggest that 86 per cent of cycling in Australia is recreational. We need to create a new normal, be positive about cycling, create an appetite for change, overcome peoples’ anxiety and help people build new habits. Then we can have the discussion about photo ID, helmets and fines.

Contact Media Stable Expert: Rachel Smith – Traffic and congestion specialist and author of Decongestion

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