Section 3 is about the ACT and Australia, and three studies. Australia is a low cycling country. International studies provide a benchmark for good practice but it would be beyond the scope of this submission.
A strong political wind would push cycling forward in Canberra. The lack of political will has left cycling in the doldrums. ACT Transport’s paradigm lags behind best practice. A “one size fits all” approach fails to recognise that different modes of transport have different needs.
Canberra has four seasons but do we change our cycling habits over the year? It would be good to know.
The ABS Census includes data on how we get to work and where we live. ChartingTransport.com compares the trends in Australian cities over a long period from 1976 to 2016. The graphs for walking and cycling are shown in this post.
Riding to work is a great way to commute. The ABS Census includes one question regarding this: 3% of Canberrans cycled to work in 2016 on the census day.