ACT Auditor-General’s Report on community paths

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.

Maintenance costs on concrete paths $302-683 million by 2030

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.

ACT Transport’s projects 4.8 months late on average

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.

Active Travel investment 2019-2020: contracts valued $9.749 million

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.

Community paths: audited around 700 from 3,000 kilometres

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.

Recap of cycling priorities

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.