SUGGESTED TEMPLATE TO WRITE A LETTER/EMAIL TO YOUR LOCAL MP
Please use it as a guide to make your own version by adding/removing as you wish.
Tips to make this your own letter:
- As you write your letter, consider asking for what you need. Tailor the letter to the political candidate you are writing to.
- Write about what is important to you, and why
- Are you most concerned about minimum passing distances? Infrastructure? Cyclist education? Driver training?
- Personalising your letters make them more likely to be read and have an impact, so if there are any other issues or questions you have, include them in your letters.
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Your street address
Your Suburb, Your Postcode
Dear (state minister or shadow minister)
I am one of the almost 967,000* Victorians who cycle.
(here you may wish to write about your circumstances for example, daily, for recreation, etc)…
Five cyclists have died so far this year in Victoria alone, and twelve died last year. Please help to prevent this shocking road toll.
No one should lose their lives by using our roads.
Compare this to other states and territories Australia-wide, and the ACT is the only one on track to meet its agreed 2020 road death reduction target.
Recent statistics released by BITRE show an alarming 32% increase in serious injuries involving hospitalisation and 80% increase in high threat to life injuries for cyclists in the years from 2008-2015 across Australia. It is incumbent on all governments to take action to make Australia a safer place to cycle.
There are a number of key things that will make Victoria a safer place to cycle.
I call on you and your party to commit to the following as policies, and priorities.
(choose from the following list whichever are your priorities)
Cycling Safety priorities
Sport cycling priorities
Cycling safety requires decisive action. Please play your part by taking a leadership position and commit to implementing these actions without delay.
I look forward to hearing from you.
 National Cycling Participation Survey 2017 – Victoria, Austroads Ltd, 2017
 SOURCE: https://www.aaa.asn.au/2018/08/06/national-road-safety-strategy-has-taken-a-wrong-turn/ accessed 16/08/2018
 BITRE Road Trauma Australia – Annual Summaries http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/road_deaths_australia_annual_summaries.aspx