Waiting for the green light: Sustainable transport solutions for local government

Climate change mitigation Transport integration Active transport Public transport Urban planning Transport Australia
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Transport pollution is one of the major drivers of climate change in Australia’s towns and cities. A new Climate Council report has found:

  • Transport is Australia’s second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution (after electricity)
  • Congestion is a $16 billion dollar handbrake on the productivity of Australian cities
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 Australians travel to work, school or university by car
  • Australia is one of a handful of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries without greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, and lacks credible national policy to tackle transport emissions

Recommendations for Local Governments:

  • Develop a climate and transport policy and action plan
  • Gather data on local transport patterns, and facilities for walking, riding and public transport
  • Encourage sustainable transport use by local government staff and for access to local government facilities and events 
  • Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through local government strategic, transport and statutory planning and design
  • Provide for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) and provide bicycle parking and end-of-ride facilities
  • Provide for adequate pedestrian infrastructure
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