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Christine Milne wins Honourable Mention in Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards

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Christine Milne 16 Jun 2010

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards in the Award for Contribution towards Cycling by a Politician.

The award recognises Senator Milne and the Greens' success in negotiating the $40 million National Bike Paths Fund during negotiations for the federal stimulus package - the largest ever direct federal investment in cycling.

"The Greens were very pleased to be able to deliver this historic investment for cyclists through the stimulus package and I thank Minister Albanese, joint winner of this Honourable Mention, for his cooperation," said Senator Milne.

"Helping more Australians get on their bikes instead of into cars is good for all of us - good for our health, our air, our infrastructure and our climate.

"The community is clearly leading governments, with Australians of all ages getting into cycling for the enjoyment and health benefits as well as social and environmental reasons.

"In an age of climate change, obesity and peak oil, governments have to take the community's lead and make cycling as easy as possible."

Senator Milne congratulated Queensland Minister for Transport, Rachel Nolan, who won the Award for Contribution towards Cycling by a Politician with her $100 million investment in cycling infrastructure and programs in the last year.

"Governments around the country are realising that the multiple benefits of cycling are too clear to ignore.

"The next big step will be to see funding for cycling and public transport catch up to and overtake funding for roads. Only then will we see alternatives truly prioritised the way they need to be."

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