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Adjournment: Cycling infrastructure

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister invest more in cycling infrastructure. When it comes to bikes, last week's budget was the same old news: stuff-all for cyclists yet again. Less than 1 per cent of new transport infrastructure spending was for bikes, and what was in there came about because the Greens pushed for more bike funding in negotiations with the government.

We all know good cycling infrastructure is absolutely essential to a livable city, and as a commuter cyclist who regularly rides into Parliament I know how difficult it can be to find a safe route, whether it be down Chapel Street or down St Kilda Road. I also know how good it is to ride for health and for our environment and just how affordable and convenient it is. Yet we have been let down by a seemingly anti-bike Premier who offhand dismisses cycling projects because they might not be good for cars.

Honourable members interjecting.

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Metre Matters

Mr HIBBINS — I also condemn the government for voting against the Greens 'metre matters' bill that came before this house recently. All states are now moving towards a mandatory passing distance for vehicles from cyclists. We need to start taking cyclist safety seriously, and the government can do that by passing that legislation.

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Victorian Budget Reply 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the budget on behalf of the Victorian Greens. It is unfortunate that this budget has been handed down under a cloud — over this government and over this Parliament — because of this government's failure to do what is necessary and what is right about the rorting of the second home allowance by the former Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

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St Kilda Road Bicycle Lanes

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I seek is the installation of separated bike lanes along St Kilda Road. St Kilda Road is one of our busiest cycling routes with around 2000 riders using it to access the CBD during the morning peak. It is also one of the most dangerous, with over 100 recorded crashes involving cyclists over the past five years, almost half of them from dooring. Currently the lanes, whilst they have improved over the last few years, still put riders at risk of dooring, and in several places abruptly end, leaving cyclists to mix it with traffic. Separated bike lanes are proven to increase safety and increase the number of riders, particularly amongst women.

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Victorian Budget Reply 2016

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to give the budget reply on behalf of the Victorian Greens and the residents of Prahran and not only to give our response to the state government's budget but also to outline our vision and our plan for Victoria. Victoria really is a great place to call home. That is why so many people from interstate and around the world are moving in and coming to Victoria. Now is the time to have the vision and courage to take the next big steps for Victoria: to make the transition to an economy powered by clean energy; to shift to mass transit with a public transport system you can rely on, away from traffic and clogged roads; and to create the new jobs of a 21st century economy to ensure our communities remain livable. It is clear from this budget, just as it has been clear from previous budgets, that Victorians cannot trust the Labor Party or the Liberal Party to deliver on that transition.

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