Saturday, August 28, 2010
Active Transport could save 16 000 lives
Major political parties have been urged to embrace active transport as part of the policy cure for the challenges of chronic disease, climate change, congestion and pollution.
In a unique partnership, five groups have come together with An Australian Vision for Active Transport and are calling on the next Australian Government to make a major commitment to driving active transport in Australia. Active transport has health, economic and tourism benefits for Australia and improves quality of life in our cities facing problems of congestion and pollution.
The Australian Local Government Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, National Heart Foundation of Australia and International Association of Public Transport have developed a 9-Point Plan to promote active transport – walking, cycling and using public transport.
The Vice-President of the Australian Local Government Association, Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, the CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Dr Lyn Roberts, and Stephen Hodge from the Cycling Promotion Fund explained an action plan for active transport in Australia at the launch and showed how 16,000 premature deaths a year due to physical inactivity could be easily averted.