The ACT Report, National Walking and Cycling Participation Survey 2021, now the responsibility of the Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand (CWANZ), confirms what we have long suspected. Cycling as a mode of transport has not increased in the ACT. In the last 10 years, there has been no statistical significant change in the cycling participation. What should we do differently.
Maps are an approximation of the real world. No map can contain all the detail of the real world. A good map captures what is important for you. OpenStreetMap is an open-source project that provides the best maps for Canberra. However, the process is not as simple as it might seem.
Poor road markings and poor motorists make a cyclist’s life difficult. A marked shoulder is easily mistaken for the bike lane which creates confusion. More about Australian Road Rule 153.
Cycling infrastructure behind schedule: Another indication of the troubles ACT Government has had with active travel comes from a report (Hansard) for the two financial years up until COVID-19.
Disappointing, underwhelming and lacking ambition. The ACT Government has consistently fallen short on providing Canberra with cycling infrastructure. In the COVID-19 times when other state governments are announcing their plans for cycling, the ACT Government remains strangely mute.
Once the suburb is built, its design is set in stone. A coherent network of continuous bike paths across the city needs a master plan for bike path infrastructure, upon which new suburbs can be designed and realised so that the new infrastructure interconnects. Suburb design starts with the end in mind. The suburb is a small unit of the much larger and longer endeavour, to build active travel networks across the city.