The Standing Committee on Planning, Transport And City Services sometimes discusses transport and planning issues that relate to cycling, but this is not always the case. The Committee does not meet all that often. The last time cycling was discussed was this year on the 4 March 2021.
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.
Active travel is a group effort shared between walking, cycling and public transport. Public transport is good for Canberra. The budget submission of Public Transport Association of Canberra is profiled here.
This case study of rapid transit in the Molonglo Valley shows that corridors for vehicular traffic and light rail may have something in common, but public transit corridors are poorly suited for a cycle highway (transit). Cycle networks are different.
Belconnen Town Centre has been trialling 40 km/h zones for over two years. The rollout to other town centre is causing confusion as commuters notice the changes.
For a few years now, the ACT strategies have promoted a Movement and Place Framework. The idea, best shown in pictures, is difficult to put into practice, as it presumes the ACT Planning and Transport directorates work together.
Future urban areas are new greenfield developments and typically managed by the ACT Suburban Land Agency. Offsets are often found adjacent to these areas. Images from ACTmapi showing the areas.
Structure plans are high level documents. The closest to planning strategy that can be found in the Territory Plan. Do the principles found in structure plans lead to better suburbs for cycling?
The Belconnen Town Centre will be upgraded. The process has now moved onto the design brief stage. A tender for a more detail design will be issued next. Step-by-step we are getting closer to the goal.
The planning mechanism has systemic weakness. The Territory Plan shows that cycle paths are planned but not built. The Territory Plan is a statutory document.