The estimates are part of the ACT Budget process. The estimates are a question and answer, verbal inquiry that provide an opportunity for the opposition and crossbench, to scrutinise the performance of the ACT Government and its directorates. The Freedom of Information (FOI) request 21-023 released the notes for Transport Minister and officials from the directorate.
There are maintenance targets for roads and maintenance targets for paths. How do they compare? We need to distinguish between filling potholes and resurfacing. Resurfacing is better. Similarly, community paths can be repaired superficially, or resurfaced for replaced. Unlike roads, paths are quite thin and replacement and resurfacing are quite similar processes.
The ACT Legislative Assembly has a number of standing committees. One of those is for transport and discussed active travel at the last Estimates 2020-21.
More needs to be done about cycling safety, and it starts with reporting accidents. For road cyclists, this is how.
The ongoing saga of Aranda bike path. Maintenance is sorely needed but despite the newest promises nothing had been done. ACT Labor’s cycling ambition is underwhelming which leaves them on the back foot and it takes years to organise routine maintenance. Here is an example.
Cycling in Canberra means zigzagging around hazards. We take our ability to navigate traffic hazards for granted but it is a hard one. Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities are often greatly disadvantaged. As cyclists, we know that good infrastructure makes all the difference.