With political leadership, we can move forward. In some countries, this has been a mayor who cycles. We need an Active Travel Commissioner to muster the necessary momentum. Currently, that is not likely but we can look to the budget, that is only weeks way, for good news.
What can be done here is to present the transcript of three gems from Australian commentators in the Step away from the car 2.0 podcast, recorded at Australia Walking and Cycling Conference. One of my favourites is Getting There Faster by Slowing Down, featuring Paul Tranter, an academic, here in Canberra.
The issues with the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services approach to the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2).
Cycle corridors are the mechanism by which strategic assets (public realm space) can be secured for good, fast cycling infrastructure between town centres for commuting cyclists, thus providing an alternative to driving. The cycle highways will not be finished quickly and they do not have to be. However, they will never be built unless the corridors are reserved and preserved.
RobertsDay is a leading Australian urban planning firm and has penned many of Canberra’s future urban areas, including Ginninderry, Molonglo Stage 3 Project Design Brief and the little know urban renewal in Red Hill.
Sisyphus pushes the bolder uphill, only to find it had rolled down to the bottom again by morning. We learn from Sisyphus that the rock will only stay in place if you remove the hill. Why active and visible sponsorship matters: Change without strong top down leadership does not work. The system and ingrained cultureContinue reading “No change without change leadership”
This section explains what the Movement and Place Framework means for cycling and the challenge to implement the Movement and Place Framework in the ACT, as it will require the collaboration of both ACT Transport and ACT Planning. This is something recommended in the ACT Active Travel Key Documents, but yet not done.
Reacting to climate change, giving up smoking, aids prevention, it is all the same really. We want people to change their behaviour to protect themselves. But habits, hard to change. Government messaging needs to be effective. Advertising dollars can be easily wasted. The discussion around COVID-19 advertising makes clear, what does and does not work. With driver behaviour a major factor in the safety of vulnerable road users, we must change the car culture so that drivers are protective of vulnerable road users.
In many countries, it is common to see police on bikes. They are the modern bobby on the street that inhabits the thriving central metropole. Food for thought….
Arguments and barriers that undermine change and the challenges of the active travel agenda.