Bid to Boost Bikes in Melbourne Fails
The 2009 Victorian Cycling Strategy has failed according to the auditor general. The project was apparently "hastily developed without a proper understanding of current cycling trends or what was required to make it mainstream". While cycling accounts for roughly 1.6% of trips on a weekday in Victoria, Germany, Denamrk and the Netherlands are apparently averaging between 10-27%. The Age reports:
Dr Pearson said cycling had grown in those countries due to extensive infrastructure and promotion and measures to make driving more expensive and less convenient.My impression is that bicycle growth in Melbourne has been fairly strong of late, though perhaps not due to government actions.