- Lord Mayor Robert Doyle - Flying cars and robotic servants or bikes and feet in 10 years? Trends are all about the people in the world’s most liveable city.
As a boy, my favourite television show was “The Jetsons”, a 1966 cartoon family of the ‘future’: that is, of 2016!The Jetsons promised that we would all be driving flying cars and be waited on by robotic servants.
If you had said to people in the 1960s that the future is all about bicycles and public transport and walking, they would have laughed at you. In fact, that is what has happened.
Over the last three years, we have invested more than $10 million to increase connectivity and safety across the bike network in Melbourne.
We now have more than 136 kilometres of bike lanes throughout our city, and cyclists account for 17 per cent of all vehicles coming into the city, which is nearly double what it was in 2008.
I have no doubt these figures will grow significantly over the next ten years, as we aim to further boost the number of people riding into the city from surrounding suburbs and encourage residents to use bikes around their neighbourhoods.