Scorecards for the ACT Elections are one of the many useful things Pedal Power ACT does. On 5 October 2020, ACT Labor reluctantly promised real dollars for cycling, but not much, and the Pedal Power ACT scorecards are now on the website. Take a look.
Cycling commitments 2020-2024 for both major and minor parties.
ACT Greens promises far more than the other major parties. Mountain bike tourism as outlined in the Draft Canberra Mountain Bike Report (December 2019) are missing here. The Stromlo Forest Park (SFP) master plan has been around since 2016, and not much has been done with it but included on the scorecards.
It is true, with all parties, that it is easy to say things in the heat of an election moment that later may not seem all that important. With minor parties, this is doubly so the case in an effort to find broad appeal. The Canberra Progressives have consistently supported active travel and light rail. The Candidate for the Murrumbidgee electorate has a chance.
The Conservation Council ACT Region Transport Forum
Pedal Power ACT has transcribed the candidates’ responses from The Conservation Council ACT Region Transport Forum. This is very helpful.
Here is the question from Pedal Power at the Forum. The answers as PDF are attached.
There has been some recent great investment in cycling infrastructure, but the cycling commuter rate has not budged from three per cent for years. No one expects all Canberrans to cycle all trips, but increasing cycling rates is a critical element of reducing transport emissions, improving population health, and improving individual and community wellbeing. How will you change Canberra’s car culture to support more Canberrans to ride?Pedal Power ACT question. The Conservation Council ACT Region Transport Forum 2020.