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Evidence supporting the need for better cycle infrastructure

(p.120) "More than half of Melbourne’s vehicle trips are less than 6 kilometres. Converting even a small proportion of these trips to cycling can help reduce localised congestion, improve air quality and health, and cut carbon emissions. Cycling is one of the cheapest, cleanest and most space efficient modes of transport. Cycling for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can reduce the physical inactivity disease burden by 26%, and countries with higher cycling rates have lower obesity rates than Australia."

A summary of the policy context and detailed proposal for the future development of Chapel Street

Estimating the size and scope of the Australian Cycling Economy in 2020. It supports 34,295 direct jobs (as context, coal mining provides 39,000 jobs). Report prepared by Ernst & Young. 

"Sets out initiatives to encourage more cycling, more often – with an emphasis on safety and security –
across our municipality."

Notes that the installation of cycle lanes benefit nearby retail footfall by up to 40%. This is based on research carried out by Matthew Carmona of University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning. The findings were drawn by studying areas of London that have been converted to be more akin to Holland than the UK. Where such conditions existed, people were found to linger, increasing their retail activity by as much as 216%.

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