Australian infrastructure policy makers and officials killed almost 50 cyclists in 2013. Relative to the size of our population, that’s worse than the UK. The last victim of infrastructure policy for 2013 was Lewis Hendey, just 21 years old, from my own suburb. He went to my son’s school. He was hit on a section of highway I am forced to use too.
Why are highways the only ways leading out of most cities? Why aren’t there cycleways flanking our rivers? Why aren’t there cycleways following rail easements too? Who is funding the political campaigns of our politicians, on the proviso that infrastructure budgets all go toward supporting driving? Is it oil companies? Car dealers? Car insurers? Whoever they are, they play hardball. They pay politicians to kill us if we don’t use their products.