Weston Creek Community Council Election Forum 2020

Weston Creek Community Council Election Forum 2020 was this week and can be watched on The RiotACT Facebook page. The Murrumbidgee is a key electorate in the 2020 ACT Legislative Assembly election. The Molonglo Valley was not a major focus.

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Light rail enabling works on Barr’s Budget wishlist to PM

ACT Government’s Federal budget requests. An article from The RiotACT. Cycling is “on a list of infrastructure projects sent to the Prime Minister by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.”

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More roads and not much else

It is hard to imagine how much money we spend on roads. Here is a comparison of the investment in road improvement (duplications and widening) with other forms of transport. As cyclists, we are interested in bike paths but the light rail is included, too.

Approximately $1 billion has been committed to road duplications and widening in and around Canberra. $336 million for light rail but only $18 million to bicycle infrastructure. The EU would recommend $330 million for bicycle infrastructure in the ACT, based on their recommendation to invest 20% of the transport budget in bike infrastructure. In this week’s $4.9 billion announcement, Andrew Barr unfortunately did not even mention cycling. In other Australian cities, the sums spent on roads is even bigger: “The Australian and NSW Governments are investing $4.1 billion” in the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

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Light rail delayed: Money to build bike paths

The light rail is stalling due to the slow approval process. The ACT Government would spend on capital works projects to counter the effects of the recession. If the light rail investment is delayed, building strategic bike paths would be an alternative. Here is the Sulwood Drive option.

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Built to last a generation: rapid change, then stability

Everybody has seen it, everybody knows it but we forget it. We build our cities for the long term. The rapid construction of new suburbs is followed by long periods of stability and finally a wave of renewal. This cycle can take 40 to 50 years, or the period of many people’s working lifetime. For a city, a person’s life span is a blink of an eye.

It is all the more important that we get the new estates right as there will be little change in that suburb once the construction is finished. All the more important that we get the development of the Molonglo Valley right. There is little indication that the bike infrastructure in these new suburbs is consistent with the ACT Government policy or active travel planning guideline.

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Cycling infrastructure: a better investment for recovery

Cycling infrastructure is underfunded. No surprise there. A recent article in The Conversation discusses the problem. Cycling infrastructure is a good investment at any time.

Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets“, The Conversation, 23 July 2020.

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A play space everywhere

Play spaces are popping up all over Canberra. Canberra.bike provided a guide to play spaces and this is now updated in this post. A recent announcement by Chris Steel in May 2020 reminded us that there is more to come. Some were already in last years budget but a few have been brought forward as a result of COVID-19 playground closures. There is good news here for everybody.

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The rise of the play space

Play Spaces, the large playgrounds that are so loved, are becoming more common. They are a great destination for a ride. The ACT Government is investing millions in them as part of urban renewal. Where did this idea come from? The RiotACT discussed this in 2018. A link to the article is found below.

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Sharing the road: we all need a smile

Canberra.bike recently discussed Austroads recommendations for 30km/h speed limits on local streets. Many local streets are barely wide enough for two cars to pass and without community paths. Despite this, the speed limit is 50km/h on local streets in Canberra. If a child gets injured, the motorist’s apologies are not likely to help either the child or the family – or the driver. This is the problem of vulnerable road users. Collisions are often fatal.

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