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.
Using ACT Government data from their portal and 2017 ACT Auditor General report, canberra.bike has estimated that the maintenance cost on the ACT Government concrete paths will lie between $302-683 million by 2030. The ACT Auditor General recommends making provisions for this.
Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1) is coming out bit by bit. Unfortunately, it has not yet been released in full. The recent tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, provides a history of the planning documents for Molonglo 3 East to date.
The TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report tells us that ACT Government complete projects on average 4.8 months late. We should expect similar delays in the future and some projects will take much longer than that. We can contribute this to the planning fallacy.
The TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report outlines the capital expenditure for the period between 2016-2022 and contracts value for the 2019-2020 financial year. Capital expenditure on works is over multiple years, delays included. We compare capital expenditure on active travel is compared with road duplications.
Transcript Of Evidence for the Standing Committee On Planning, Transport And City Services from 4 March 2021. The Standing Committee discusses transport and planning issues that related to cycling, but not all that often. The relevant information from the last time is found here.
So many things need to be done to improve cycling in Canberra. The little money available for cycling should be spent where it is needed most. This means that we focus the investment on the top priorities first.
We are creatures of habit. The book The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz that we develop rules of thumb to lighten the cognitive load of making decisions. Habits, too, lighten the cognitive load, as they provide the reassurance that the way we have always thought about doing things is somehow the best.
There is much to be done to improve cycling in the ACT. The cycle lanes on William Hovell Drive are not likely to get much use. Certainly they are not a priority. Our efforts should be focused on cycle priorities.