Canberra.bikes` submission for the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services. Making Canberra a city where we can cycle safely and easily, at any time, from 8-80 years. Here is the table of contents with links to the text.
Canberra.bike has often published data about cycling in Canberra. Three facts stand out and are worth remembering, as proof that we could do much better – with leadership.
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.
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.
The cycle network can only be built, if we reserve and preserve cycle corridors. How this is done, was demonstrated by the light rail project and requires changes to the Territory Plan and Planning Act. The ACT Government could copy this approach for cycle corridors.
ACT Planning is carrying out a review of the planning process. A District Planning Workshop was conducted in Molonglo Valley this month. The “listening report” has been released. Here is a short review.
The Territory Plan includes a short Statement of Strategic Directions. The 2018 ACT Planning Strategy is none-statutory, so it does not mean a great deal. The Territory Plan is statutory and carries more weight.
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 planning mechanism has systemic weakness. The Territory Plan shows that cycle paths are planned but not built. The Territory Plan is a statutory document.
Structure plans are different to concept plans, but it may not be obvious. Cycling is not mentioned much in the Territory Plan. Here are extracts from the South Lawson Structure Plan.