The Conservation Council ACT Region: 2020 ACT Election scorecard

The Conservation Council ACT Region also publishes a scorecard for the 2020 ACT Election. Their scorecard has a much broader agenda than that of Pedal Power ACT but also includes active travel.

The Conservation Council scorecard awards each party up to three stars (points) for 15 criteria. For the “sustainable transport” category there are three criteria:

  1. network of separated ctiy cycleways
  2. integrated, electrified and reliable light rail and bus
  3. incentives for electric cars and bikes

The Pedal Power ACT scorecard is much more nuanced for cycling than that produced by the Conservation Council.

The visual snapshot of the Conservation Council scorecard can be found here, but for “sustainable transport” section is shown below.

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Special ACT 2020 Election Edition, The Conservation Council ACT Region, email, 8th October 2020

The email from the Conservation Council announcing the scorecard had the following to say about cycling.

“Parties also raced to commit to improvements to Canberra’s cycleways, including off-road paths for cycling commuters to encourage Canberrans to engage in active travel. The Canberra Liberals confirmed a $500,000 feasibility study for their planned 100km of off-road paths, the ACT Greens have committed to seven cycling corridors and a significant investment boost of $80m into active travel infrastructure, and ACT Labor has committed $15m towards active travel infrastructure with $3.7m in maintenance for paths.While the scale of commitments differs, there is clearly a shared vision for our urban forest and for investing in safe active travel around our city. On other issues, there has been a less consistent focus, and significant differences between what the parties are offering.”

Special ACT 2020 Election Edition, The Conservation Council ACT Region, email, 8th October 2020

Tallying up the starts for each major party puts the ACT Greens ahead with 40 out of 45 stars (89%), ACT Labor follows up with 26 stars (58%), and finally Canberra Liberals with 9 stars (20%). The Conservation Council is of the opinion the Canberra Liberals stack up poorly on their environmental credentials. The ACT Greens is the clear favourite.

More information about the Conservation Council scorecard can be found here.

Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

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