In the next 20 years, Canberra is expected to grow radically. The growth of Gungahlin is slowing but the Molonglo Valley has just begun.
Safer walking and cycling is most easily achieved by reducing traffic speed. We have known this for over a decade but do too little to curb road speeds. Here is an excellent report that is as relevant as it was in 2008.
80% of Australians care about climate action but it does not change their vote. We know from this climate change example that support is not enough. The way people vote is not only about what is important but also what is most important. What does this tell us about cycling in the ACT?
If Canbera is interested in comparing itself with other cities, we should be benchmarking ourselves with the best cycling cities. Europe leads in that regard. The Copenhagenize Index is another index of city ranking. More cities are added each year.
Australia comes in last in this country comparison of bicycle use as a percentage of total number of trips. This will be uncomfortable for many Australians, but Australia is certainly a LOW cycling country. Much will need to be done to encourage cycling in Australia. Few ride in Australia, so it is worth looking at a country where they do.
While e-bikes might be displacing some conventional cycling, they are actually extending the “cycling career” of people.
The fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey and probably the best for most people: short and to the point and with nice graphs.
Canberra has four seasons but do we change our cycling habits over the year? It would be good to know.
The ABS Census includes data on how we get to work and where we live. ChartingTransport.com compares the trends in Australian cities over a long period from 1976 to 2016. The graphs for walking and cycling are shown in this post.
The destinations we cycle to, not surprisingly, depends on where we live. The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey breaks down the trips depending on the “region” of origin (district). The most likely destination is always the same district (locally).