“The Newcastle Greens continue their campaign for safe, connected cycleways in Newcastle with the launch of this mobile phone app,” said Greens Councillor Michael Osborne.
“The Bike BlackSpot app is a free app for iPhones which has been developed by the Greens. It enables cyclists to photograph and send information about black spots and other dangerous road incidents they encounter to their local Transport Minister and the Greens. The app sends the information as an email to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese MP, the Federal Greens Transport Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, the NSW Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian MP and the NSW Greens Transport Spokesperson, Cate Faehrmann MLC,” Cr Osborne said.
“The information is also loaded into a public map that will help Newcastle Council and the community identify the priority areas where cycleway upgrades are most urgently needed,” Cr Osborne said.
Cr Osborne initiated Newcastle’s comprehensive Cycling Strategy and Action Plan and Council has allocated $15.7m over 10 years to implement it. State and Federal funds will be sought to augment Council’s contribution.
“A dedicated website for Newcastle has been established at http://newcastle.bikeblackspot.org/ and will be useful in helping Council prioritise cycling upgrades,” Cr Osborne said.
Australian Greens Spokesperson for Infrastructure Senator Scott Ludlam developed the app and has so far launched it in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Geraldton with great response. Senator Ludlam has been calling for federal funding for cycling infrastructure, but this has so far been rejected by government.
“Safety worries remain one of the biggest barriers preventing more people from getting on their bike,” said Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens infrastructure spokesman.
“Governments at all levels must invest more in cycling infrastructure to address these blackspots and make cycling an attractive, viable and safe transport mode. Bike riders across Australia are fed up with being endangered, ignored and neglected by Governments and are now making the case for urgently needed funding,” Senator Ludlam said.
Mr Peter Lee, President of the Newcastle Cycleways Movement says: “NCM has been working hard with the government authorities that can deliver better cycling infrastructure. This Bike Blackspot app has the potential to bring accurate data about our blackspot concerns directly to those authorities. It’s exactly what they need to prioritise and engineer solutions.”
“I also look forward to the day when people start to delete this app from their phone, because it’s no longer needed,” Mr Lee said.
Cr Osborne’s launch of the Bike Blackspot app can be found at http://youtu.be/BIeinR302ks
Contact: Michael Osborne 0439 442984