By Peter Hynes, ABC News | December 18, 2018 12:37:29The year is finally here.
The year when we have been able to share our bikes with other commuters on a regular basis, or share them on our own private island.
The year that the city of Melbourne will open its first “bike park” to the public.
The city of Adelaide will be the first city in Australia to have a public bike share network.
The first car to ride on a “Cycling Melbourne” bike path on a weekend.
And the year when Melbourne’s city council is finally able to make it legal to cycle on footpaths, which were previously considered too dangerous to cycle.
This year is the year of the bikes, the year where we can finally say that Melbourne has changed and we can truly say that cycling in Melbourne is a normal part of our everyday life.
But let’s be clear: the real change in this year is happening on the streets.
On a regular, weekday, and weekend basis, there are more than a million people on foot on Melbourne’s streets.
And that number is growing.
In the last year alone, the city’s population has more than doubled, and we are seeing an increase in the number of people walking or cycling.
And it’s not just people on bikes.
We have also seen an increase of the number and types of bikes.
It’s easy to imagine a city like Melbourne with so many people riding bicycles, but what about the streets?
In 2018, there were 1.5 million kilometres of bike paths on the city roads.
And the number is on the rise.
Last year, Melbourne saw the number go up by more than 2 million kilometres.
And now it is predicted to go up even more, with more than 3 million kilometres on the roads.
So, in 2019, Melbourne is planning to double its bicycle lanes to 12,000.
And there will be more than 4 million kilometres in 2020.
That’s a lot of bike lanes on the road.
And in 2020, the number will grow to 16,000, making Melbourne one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world.
The numbers are rising.
We’ve already seen an 18 per cent increase in Melbourne’s bike lanes over the last four years.
And in 2020 and 2021, we’re expecting a further 20 per cent rise.
This is a real trend that we need to start to change, and it is happening faster than we realise.
The future is here, and in 2019 we are going to see an even bigger increase in bike lanes and bike shares.
But the city council has set a goal to reach 10 per cent growth in the city by 2020.
And so, it’s a goal that the City Council and Melbourne City Council are determined to reach.
So the city is on track to reach this goal, and the city will be getting the biggest bike network in the country in 2019.
And if we keep on growing and increasing our bike lanes, we can expect to see the numbers grow and the number in the streets grow.
So it’s been a very exciting year for Melbourne.
There has been a lot going on this year.
There was a big rally for the city on Saturday night, where more than 500,000 people joined in the celebrations.
The state government announced a $50 million plan to tackle the issue of bike theft.
And this year, a national campaign is also being launched to raise awareness of the importance of bike share.
And then there are the new initiatives we’ve seen come out of the Victorian Government.
And we’re excited about the new bike hire program that we’ve been introduced to last year, which is a bike hire service that gives commuters a safe place to get on their bike and then get on a journey to work.
There’s been an increase, and now we’re seeing that it’s getting better and better, with a much wider variety of options available.
And so, there’s going to be a lot more of this coming in 2019 and beyond.
The growth of the city, the growth of our bike share program, the bike lanes that we’re introducing this year are all things that are contributing to the city becoming one of Australia’s most bike friendly cities.