With its range of urban and bush settings and its compact size, Canberra is ideally suited for cycling activities of all types. No wonder then that 26.5% of Canberrans cycle at least once a week! As well at being the nation’s capital, we believe that the ACT can rightly claim to be the Australian capital of cycling.
But that does not mean that there is no room for improvement, and when issues arise that affect bike riders in the ACT, Pedal Power is committed to giving them a voice. Increasing traffic, urban growth and local redevelopments all have impacts upon cycling in the city – from the Light Rail Development Project, to the Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong masterplans to the Civic Cycle Loop – Pedal Power not only stands up for the rights of bike riders with Government, developers and other key groups, we also ensure that bike riders themselves have their say.
You can read some of the latest key issues that Pedal Power is engaged with in the section to the right of this page.
Whilst Pedal Power will always keep stakeholders accountable to providing the best cycle facilities, as an organisation we are also committed to working positively with key bodies where possible. We acknowledge that there is a positive framework in which to improve the ACT’s provision for cyclists in Canberra, for instance:
The Transport for Canberra policy includes actions for active travel—walking and cycling—with the objective of creating a city where active travel is the easy choice, with:
- more people of all ages cycling and walking for work and other trips
- bike riders and pedestrians interacting safely
- increased physical activity and health
- a strong economy
- reduced spending on health care.
Also, the ACT planning documents have incorporated the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016, which aims to double cycling use in Australia by 2016.