This is the first update of the list of strategic path projects from the official Fast Track website. Of the “$25 million program” announced by Andrew Barr on 11/6/2020 very little has been allocated to new strategic path projects.
Andrew Barr announced last week (11/6/2020) a “$25 million program” including “$8 million being allocated to new (Fast Track) projects”. Canberra.bike thought it worthwhile listing here the strategic path projects from the official Fast Track website.
COVID-19 will remain with us for a while. While the restrictions are likely to eased and many hope to return to the office, it is unlikely that we will return to public transport in numbers soon. Physical distancing will reduce the capacity of public transport to just 16%, and this may be best reserved for health workers. The roads were already clogged before COVID-19 and more people driving to work is not going to be an option.
With so many people going back to cycling or starting cycling for the first time, it is time to talk about safety for both city cycling and mountain biking.
Pedal Power made a submission for bike infrastructure to the ACT Budget. A reminder was sent to the ACT Government in March 2020 after the announcement of a COVID-19 stimulus package. Many of the projects in this submission would already be known to the ACT Government, as they were promised funding at the last federal election by a future Federal Labor government. Among the remainder are found promises from the last ACT election. Pedal Power ACT is notable as it has been consistently requesting the completion of the same projects. A project can be discussed for years before it is planned or built, and government commitment means little. The Kuringa Drive bike path between Barton Hwy to Kingsford Smith Dr is a good example of this.
The ACT Government has annouced their fast-track program. This program includes path infrastructure.
Pedal Power ACT have consistently lobbied the government to complete ‘missing links’ in the cycle network. At the last federal election the federal and state ALP pledged funding for cycle projects in the ACT. These projects are not currently included in the COVID-19 stimulas measures. Below are maps of the projects that are.