For all the details of the ride, to sign up, and to find out about the farewell party on 13 June and farewell breakfast on 15 June visit visit http://victoria.greens.org.au/journey_to_canberra
The ride starts in Footscray on 15 June, where my political journey began. The 16-day trip will stop in Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Rushworth, Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta, and Wodonga. We will then catch the train from Wodonga to Yass, then get back on our bikes for the final day’s ride into Canberra.
The trip will be a listening tour, holding dinners and meeting people along the way in towns and regional centres and taking their stories to Canberra
My bike is my main form of transport so I want to arrive in Canberra on one. Riding to Canberra will give me the opportunity to travel the breadth of Victoria meeting constituents at a pace where I can appreciate the countryside and the people.
Why does this matter?
When I became Mayor of Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s Inner West seven years ago I rejected a Mayoral Car in favour of a Mayoral Bike. Much more than a symbolic gesture, it signalled a fresh approach to transport policy and a commitment to lead by example on my mission to reduce carbon pollution.
I want to make a similar statement by arriving in Canberra by bike and continue travelling by bicycle and public transport as much as possible when I"m a Senator.
I’m not against cars or driving — they’re an important part of the transport mix and I drive when it’s the best option
The problem is that cars are strangling our cities. We’ve ended up with transport poverty on the fringes and gridlock along the arteries and throughout the inner city. We need investment in public transport, walking and cycling, not massive new tollways and tunnels to change this.
I’m a huge advocate for improved public transport between Melbourne and Canberra, including high speed rail.