Freedom of Information request permit access to ACT Government documents. The documents are then published on the ACT Government website. This request FOI 21-008 (28 Jan 2021) releases the community path priority list from the ACT database on 16 February 2021. The purpose of this article is to explain the reasons that this information was made available.
The general desired to encourage people to cycle to work is hampered by the lack of end-of-trip facilities. End-of-trip facilities is more than bike parking, but rather a package of infrastructure that make the workplace attractive for cycling. That end-of-trip facilities will not be built or added to a commercial building unless mandated. With this in mind, the ACT Government has introduced Territory Plan Variation 357.
Codes and general codes are part of the ACT Territory Plan and apply to development applications and approval thereof. Any code uses a multitude of terms and as the code is a statutory document, it is important to define what it means.
The Australian Standard for Bicycle parking (AS 2890.3:2015 Parking facilities, Part 3: Bicycle parking). As we are moving to end-of-trip facilities in the coming articles, it is timely to look at a few definitions. This glossary is derived from the AS 2890.3:2015.
There are maintenance targets for roads and maintenance targets for paths. How do they compare? We need to distinguish between filling potholes and resurfacing. Resurfacing is better. Similarly, community paths can be repaired superficially, or resurfaced for replaced. Unlike roads, paths are quite thin and replacement and resurfacing are quite similar processes.
Human-scale accessibility is about building cities, so that we can get around them easily by walking, with a wheelchair, or a walking frame. Everybody should be able to do it, young or old. It does not involve a lot of expenses, acquiring a driver’s licence, or wealth to afford a car. Human-scale accessibility is the expression of mobility as a human right. Cycling is a good example of Human-scale accessibility with a long history. Micromobility adds many new ways for people to get around, including skateboards, e-scooters, and hoverboards. Streets need to be built in a way that make them safe for human-scale accessibility.
In the era of climate change, one would expect less people to own an environmentally damaging car – but nothing can be further from the truth. The latest ABS survey from 2021 shows that car ownership in Canberra has increased in the last year by 2.3%, equal highest of all Australian states.
Coombs and Wright tender RFT SL2106244 (24 June 2021) for the development of the blocks on the intersections of Steve Irwin Avenue, Fred Daly Avenue, and John Gorton Drive. As announced the tender is a two stage process but it was not clear to me how long this process was going to take. Construction could start in 2022. A three-year construction period does not seem unreasonable.
The Act Auditor-General’s 2017 Report on community paths is damming and provides plenty of warning that the ACT Government needs to get on top of path maintenance. The most obvious thing is the lack of regular inspections.
Many would have noticed that cycle paths are often built low down and are susceptible to flooding – some more than others. ACTmapi provides information on flood plains in Canberra.