ACT Government and bike infrastructure

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There is no polite way to put it. The ACT Government has consistently fallen short on providing Canberra with the cycling infrastructure that it needs. In the COVID-19 times when other state governments are announcing their plans for cycling, the ACT Government remains strangely mute. 

There has been no announcement on temporary cycle lanes, and no new cycling projects that were not planned before COVID-19. The Fast-track stimulus has been piecemeal and misses clear opportunities.

Listen to Brent Toderian, one of Vancouver’s leading thinkers in urban planning, in June 2017 at the University of Canberra.

“If you want to take urban biking seriously you need to build more, you need to build a lot more, a lot faster, separated cycling infrastructure. Not on every street, but on every street that has high volume and high speeds. Painted lanes will not do. You will not even get close to 10% mode share.”

CURF Seminar – Place based development, CURF University of Canberra, 36:19 to 36:50

“Incredibly polarising, the last four mayor elections (Vancouver) have been fought on the issue of bike lanes and “carmagedon”, and yet we have been proceeding forward…. and our elected leaders show a lot of bravery in the face of a lot of pushback.”

CURF Seminar – Place based development, CURF University of Canberra, 37:00 – 37:44

CURF Seminar – Place based development, CURF University of Canberra, 39:02 / 1:02:17, 04/06/2017

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