Planning bike networks is doable

We cannot make a baby without a baby-making machine.

Cycle highways for commuting

Open letter to Chief Minister Andrew Barr on strategic investment in active travel infrastructure to encourage cycling commuting in the times of the coronavirus stimulus measures.

Letter to Yvette Berry on active travel

Letter to Yvette Berry, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development: the new Whitlam estate development falls short on active travel.

Language matters. Let’s do some definitional work!

The ACT Active Travel Routes Network lingo is confusing. Here is a first change management attempt to clarify what it means.

When strategies collide: climate change, active travel and environment

Urban planning is failing us in the Molonglo Valley. Without coordination between the arms of government to set consistent priorities, active travel will not succeed.

Clear words for clear goals

Cycle highways are a sticking point. The routes and paths must be designed correctly. The commuter rides quickly and will only stop when they must. The commuter requires good quality, smooth, safe and well-maintained paths, that provide direct, low gradient routes, and can be used in all weather (even after heavy rains) and times of day (safe at night). “Cycle highways“ are swept and cleared of debris. For construction sites, a safe and easy temporary path is provided to get around it. We cannot expect people otherwise to leave their car at home.

Cycle highways and the Active Travel Framework

The aim here is to link the “cycle highway” vision with the Active Travel Framework. The term “cycle highways” is disconnected from the planning mechanism in the ACT, in particular those of the ROAD AUTHORITY and PLANNING AUTHORITY. It is necessary to show where cycle highways sit in the active travel key statutory and non-statutoryContinue reading “Cycle highways and the Active Travel Framework”

Active travel between Whitlam and Denman Prospect

A case study of two independently planned developments that are of particular interest to active travel in the Monlonglo Valley.