Victoria’s new road safety strategy must offer alternatives to car travel if it is to succeed in slashing the road toll, the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) said today.
“You’re over five times more likely to die in a car than on public transport, and over 10 times more likely to be seriously injured on the road than on a train,” said PTUA President Tony Morton. “Getting people out of their cars and onto public transport saves lives, reduces life-long injuries and has numerous other benefits like cutting congestion, emissions and fuel bills.”
Recent PTUA studies have shown public transport services must be improved significantly, particularly in outer suburbs, to offer a genuine alternative to driving . “While government advertising implores people not to drive if they’re tired or they’ve had a drink, government transport policy is offering many people few options,” said Dr Morton. “In fact, multi-billion dollar road tunnels will encourage even more traffic and starve public transport of funding for decades.”
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The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF), of which the PTUA is an associate member, is holding public transport forums in various areas around Melbourne in the lead-up to November’s state election.
The forums will feature speakers from all the major parties and questions from the community.
Six forums are planned so far:
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When: Tuesday, 31 March 2009, 6.45pm
Where: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Continue reading Film screening: “Energy Crossroads”
Slides now available for download
Public forum: 15 June 2008
Hear what the world’s leading climate scientists are discovering about the speed of climate change, the potential impacts on our way of life, and what we need to do to safeguard our future. Continue reading Speeding towards dangerous climate change
1pm, State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Add your support to the call for more sustainable transport policies.
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Sunday, 22nd April 2007, 10am
Volunteers needed to form the “Human Sign”: “HALT CLIMATE CHANGE NOW!”
Bring family and friends to this fun event organised by the Bayside Climate Change Action Group. Help raise global warming awareness and promote sustainability. An aerial photo will be taken, followed by Bayside City Council’s Sustainable Living Expo on the foreshore. The PTUA will have a stand at the Expo, so come along and say hello.
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Wednesday, 14 March 7:15pm
Hosted by Friends of Frankston, PTUA and Frankston City Council.
Contested Streets explores the history and culture of New York City streets from preautomobile times to the present. Continue reading Film screening: Contested Streets