A key objective of Safety on Spokes was to engage MPs from across NSW, because bike riders in every electorate need to be safe when they ride.
Safety On Spokes Launch attendees:
Left to Right: Christopher Gulaptis MP • Bernard Carlon, Centre for Road Safety
• Jenny Aitchison MP • Jason Antony, Motorcycle Council of NSW • Act Spt Benjamin McFarlane
• Marjorie O’Neill MP • Jo Haylen MP •Bastien Wallace, GM of Public Affairs, Bicycle NSW
• Alistair Ferguson, CEO, Bicycle NSW• Lou Amato MP • Jamie Parker MP
• Cate Faehrmann MP Jodie Harrison MP • Brian Wood, Motorcycle Council of NSW • Kyle Birkett, SUEZ
Bicycle NSW invited a wide range of MPs with specific responsibility for, or interest in active transport and road safety. We took a similar approach last year for the inaugural cross party bike forum in Parliament House. Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP and Active Transport portfolio holder for Labor Jo Haylen MP and Cate Faehrmann MP for the Greens all presented.
Since then, COVID-19 has forced rapid changes in the way we meet and move, ultimately elevating the need for safe cycling. We were pleased that for our Safety on Spokes Launch members of the National Party also joined with Liberal, Labor and Greens MPs.
The efforts of Bicycle NSW to deliver Safety on Spokes and make NSW safer for bike riding were acknowledged in Parliament by Jo Haylen MP and Jamie Parker MP. MPs have already been sharing our messages and were encouraged to support our campaign.
The support of SUEZ was invaluable to this campaign, both in terms of their donation of space for our messages, and as a representative of high safety standards in the heavy vehicle sector. Bicycle NSW also benefited from the support of the Motorcycle Council of NSW, and NSW Police.
Motorcycle advocates support safe bike riding and have used our campaign as an opportunity to educate their stakeholders.
“Bicycle NSW needs your help to share the Safety on Spokes message as widely as you can,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Tagging in friends on social media, messaging a council or MP and reaching out to us to develop content on a topic relevant to your area are all ways you can help make bike riding safer,” said Bastien
You can view the current resources of our Safety On Spokes campaign here. Stay tuned as more is released over the coming weeks.
Safety On Spokes
This article is a part of our 2 month Safety on Spokes Campaign where we cover a range of topics to make a better environment for bike riders in NSW.