Cycling infrastructure is underfunded. No surprise there. A recent article in The Conversation discusses the problem.
“Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets“, The Conversation, 23 July 2020.
“Cycling and walking infrastructure is a better investment for recovery. Every kilometre walked or cycled has an economic benefit by reducing traffic congestion and vehicle operating costs, improving health and the environment, and saving on infrastructure spending. It’s estimated every dollar invested in cycling infrastructure may reap up to five dollars’ worth of benefits.”Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets“, The Conversation, 23 July 2020.
Some in the community protest when the ACT Government does commit itself. The Belconnen Bikeway was one example from 2019. The article in The RiotACT drew many negative comments. The reply by one cyclist is familiar to canberra.bike.
“To all those complaining about this much-needed cycling infrastructure improvement, I say, get on your bike and try to ride it, in safety, in the Belconnen Town Centre area and then get back to me. I won’t start on the cycle/shared paths I used for many years commuting from Evatt and McKellar other than to say they appear to have received little to no maintenance since I started using them in the late 1970’s. You need a dual suspension MTB to cope with the bumps and cracks!”Klaus Popp 9:21 pm 09 Oct 19, The RiotACT
All too often the dirt track shorter and less bumpy than the bike path making a mountain bike an attractive option. 🙂