In Canberra, the average time commuting has increased by 64.5% over 15 years and will increase further.
The Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 expects cost of road congestion in Canberra to increase to $504 million in 2031, up from $289 million in 2016.
If we want to get the job done, how much is really enough? Comparing the active travel pledges from the major parties at the 2020 ACT Election with historic benchmarks.
Riding to work is a great way to commute. The ABS Census includes one question regarding this: 3% of Canberrans cycled to work in 2016 on the census day.
The joy of a house in the suburbs can be short-lived should public transport and cycling infrastructure be lacking. The financial and health costs of car dependence and long commute times can push a household to the edge. Urban sprawl can entrench disadvantage.
Men cycle more than women in the ACT: for every woman cycling, there are two men. In English speaking countries this is the norm, however, in Europe women and men are just as likely to ride. It could happen here, too.
1.4 Million electric bikes were sold in Germany in 2019. Germany is rather good at gathering data on bike sales. The data is collected by the German industry association ‘Zweirad-Industriep-Verband’ (ZIV).
The National Cycling Participation Survey tells us how Canberrans use their bike and what they think about cycling.
Cycling is a cultural phenomenon. On a bike, we have a much closer connection to our environment and nature. Safety is a concern for many. In low cycling countries, it may be justified, but there is safety in numbers. The more people experience the joy of cycling, the safer it gets.
Businesses are accustomed to calculating the lifetime cost of ownership of a motor vehicle. This is something we rarely do in our private lives. An inexpensive new car with an on-road purchase price below $20,000 will cost easily $4000 per annum when all costs are considered. For that price, a family could have a number of very nice bikes. Bikes have a lifetime cost as well and here is one example.