This news is not new. Caroline Le Couteur is one of two ACT Greens MLAs in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Those that casually follow politics in the ACT will have noticed that politicians come and go, and Caroline Le Couteur is the latest to retire.
The UK Department of Transport has the following to say about designing cycling infrastructure. So many of the recommendations apply to the ACT that it is uncanny. I have read similar documents that essentially say the same from the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and other European countries. However, the ACT Government demonstrates little understanding of cycling and the required infrastructure.
It is not just about more cycling infrastructure but the recognition that it must be done better.
The ACT and the Federal Government should take note. Paris, Ireland, and now the UK show that good cycling infrastructure requires leadership.
Email to Caroline Le Couteur MLA regarding investment in roads, some of which could otherwise be redirected to cycling infrastructure.
“The survey, based on interviews with around 17,000 working Australians aged 15 years and older, analysed trends in commuting times in Australia over the 15 year period and the distance between a person’s place of residence and their place of work, including those who work from home.”It’s taking longer for Canberrans to get to work, according to new data, The RiotACT, 30 July 2019, accessed 3 Aug 2020
Cycling infrastructure is underfunded. No surprise there. A recent article in The Conversation discusses the problem.
“Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets“, The Conversation, 23 July 2020.
The perception of personal safety is very important for a cyclist. Many people will say that they do not cycle because they feel unsafe. Often authorities fall back to statistics, suggesting that it is not as bad as people think. However, if we want people to cycle they must first feel safe. A study in Berlin looks at cycle infrastructure that makes people feel safe.