In the next 20 years, Canberra is expected to grow radically. The growth of Gungahlin is slowing but the Molonglo Valley has just begun.
For a long time, suburbs were built for cars – footpaths were seen as optional. Canberra’s older suburbs often lack paths. The newer suburbs are better and the paths make them pedestrian friendly.
City rankings can be motivational but unlikely to help city planners prioritise investment decisions. Bicycle Transport Analysis is a basket model for scoring cities for the suitability of cycling from the US. Canberra does very well in this ranking, but the first impression is deceptive as we are comparing ourselves with another LOW cycling country and not a good one like the Netherlands.