In the era of climate change, one would expect less people to own an environmentally damaging car – but nothing can be further from the truth. The latest ABS survey from 2021 shows that car ownership in Canberra has increased in the last year by 2.3%, equal highest of all Australian states.
The cycling boom is most welcome, but Covid-19 has discouraged the use of public transport as well. We are now more likely to drive to work. Roads are dangerous for cyclists. It is not surprising that many cyclists will not ride to work.
In Canberra, the average time commuting has increased by 64.5% over 15 years and will increase further.
The inability to shift transport investment away from roads is a concern. We cannot build our way out of congestion. We cannot break this cycle despite all the evidence to the contrary. The transport investment in 2020 has not changed. Most of the money will be spent on roads.