The 2020 ACT Election is drawing to an end. The Conservation Council have now published their scorecard for the major parties, rating them on 15 criteria.
ACT Greens, ACT Labor, Canberra Progressives and Canberra Liberals answer questions. Hosted by the Conversation Council ACT Region.
ACT Election Priorities 2020, The Conservation Council: the election policies in the lead-up to the 2020 ACT Election are on the website “ACT Election 2020 – Our Environment, Our Future”. They are less detailed than last time but follow the same line. Here is the cycling component.
For cycling and walking, little has changed since the 2016 election. What makes sense then still makes sense now. The slow rate of progress building community paths is a major issue. The ACT Government promises much but does little. Here is The Conservation Council report from 2016.
The last check of the Fast Track website showed that no new strategic bike path projects had been added in August 2020. At the current rate, it will take 166 years to double the length of off-road paths suitable for cycling in the ACT.
Fast Track is an initiative of the ACT Government to counter the economic fallout of COVID-19. The initiative is applauded. Sadly, the benefits for cyclists have been limited. At the current rate, it will take 166 years to double the length of off-road paths suitable for cycling.
Fast Track includes several projects that are strategic bike infrastructure. Pedal Power ACT is still driving its priority list of missing links that have largely remained unchanged since the 2016 ACT Election. The Conservation Council ACT Region has campaigned just as long for active travel and hosted recently a webinar. These initiatives are all most welcome.
Canberra.bike has hardly mentioned ACT Government 2019 Moving Canberra strategy because it added little to the active travel debate. The ACT Conservation Council responded to it in a well-written submission. Between 2015 and 2020 the problems of cycle infrastructure investment remain largely the same in the ACT.