Bacon eggs cycling on

“Disappointing” and “frustrating” summarises the feelings of Roger Bacon, Pedal Power ACT’s honcho for cycling advocacy, following the “Great Silence” after the ACT Election.

Pedal Power ACT is one of a many cycling groups in the ACT. Pedal Power has shown great dedication over the years to improve cycling paths in Canberra. Improving cyclists’ safety is another area of importance, including the “1.5 metre matters” rule.

The ACT Election was a bit of a fizzer for cycling, and hopes that the ACT Government would warm for cycling over summer have been dashed. Pedal Power ACT is disgruntled. Just recently, the happy man of cycling and CEO of Pedal Power, Ian Ross, was teary-eyed over the disappointingly poor response from ACT Police to a collision, where a cyclist was knocked off his bike by a car’s trailer.

In the latest edition of the Pedal Power ACT newsletter, Roger Bacon has written a cutting piece on the ACT Government and its failure to provide a meaningful initiative to improve cycling in the ACT.

“Yet ministers have said nothing publicly about cycling since the 2020 Election.”

All quiet on the cycling front by Roger Bacon, Canberra Cyclist, #275 Autumn Edition 2021, Pedal Power ACT.

The ACT Greens promised much, ACT Labor much less, and at the announcement to the ALP/Greens Parliamentary and Governing agreement we got nothing at all.

“There was nothing about cycling in the leaders joint media conference introducing the ALP/Greens Parliamentary and Governing agreement we got nothing at all.”

All quiet on the cycling front by Roger Bacon, Canberra Cyclist, #275 Autumn Edition 2021, Pedal Power ACT.

Strong words from an organisation that is usually reluctant to say much in public.

What is missing is clear public advocacy from our civic leaders to sell the benefits of cycling to the community, build public support and convince the many thousands of interested people to give it a try.”

All quiet on the cycling front by Roger Bacon, Canberra Cyclist, #275 Autumn Edition 2021, Pedal Power ACT.

And it gets worse.

“There is no longer a Minister for Active Travel.

The Government dismissed our proposal for a high-profile Active Travel Commissioner.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainability Development Directorate is not resourced to promote cycling.

There are no cycling targets in the ACT Transport Plan 2020 or the CCS.

All quiet on the cycling front by Roger Bacon, Canberra Cyclist, #275 Autumn Edition 2021, Pedal Power ACT.

The ACT Greens promised that electric bikes would also be included in EV Revolution but this now appears to be in doubt.

“The Government is only acting to swap one kind of car for another – electric vehicles (EVs).”

All quiet on the cycling front by Roger Bacon, Canberra Cyclist, #275 Autumn Edition 2021, Pedal Power ACT.

All quiet on the cycling front. All quiet on the Weston front. All quiet, in general. 😦

Suffering cyclist. Photo by Kat Jayne on Pexels.com

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