Active travel has been on the cards for a while in the ACT. One of the earlier commitments to active travel was in the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory between the ACT Labor Party and ACT Greens.
Much has been achieved but much is still to be done due to the under-investment in cycling infrastructure in the nineties and noughties.
Below is an extract of this agreement relevant to active travel, including the commitment to the Molonglo Cycle Highway feasibility study. This new cycle highway is discussed further in another post. It has yet to be built.
THIS AGREEMENT is made on the 2nd day of November 2012
2.2 Progress a light rail network for Canberra by:
a) Establishing a statutory independent authority to implement the light rail project and associated development in the corridor;
b) undertaking the necessary design studies, preparatory works, financing, procurement and tendering arrangements, with a target date for the laying of tracks for the first route commencing in 2016;
c) Creating a Canberra wide light rail network master plan.
2.3 Over four years, provide at least an additional $24 million to fund new and improved bus routes (in addition to commitments to a centenary loop), including:
a) more frequent buses to and from Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin, Weston Creek and Woden suburbs;
b) measures to address overcrowding on current routes;
c) improved school bus services (following an ACT wide school transport study).Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
2.4 Build new ‘park and rides’ and ‘bike and rides’ at Erindale, Southern Athllon Drive, central Gungahlin, Weston Creek and Molonglo;
2.5 Over four years, provide $15 million above current Budget funding for improved walking and cycling infrastructure, including maintenance, new paths and lanes, new pedestrian crossings, lighting, signage, shared zones and Molonglo Cycle Highway feasibility study (in addition to the separately funded Majura Parkway cycle path);