This plan sets out the priorities that the Pedal Power ACT Advocacy Team will focus on during 2013-14.
The plan deals mainly with the areas for which the ACT Government is responsible and aligns our priorities with the ACT budget cycle and takes account of the ALP-Greens agreement and ALP policy. It notes the ACT Government’s failure to match its active transport rhetoric with investment in building the cycle network.
The plan takes into account the ACT Budget 2013-14, which appears to allocate between $5 million and $7 million (to be confirmed) for cycling infrastructure and programs. This is comparable to last year, and only half the rate of $50 million over four years that we proposed. The Government is not yet prepared to back its active transport rhetoric with the major funding boost for cycling that is necessary for them to achieve their 2016 target of 6% of all journeys to work being made by bicycle.
Pedal Power ACT will engage with the National Capital Authority (NCA) on cycling issues affecting NCA land.
The Plan will be regularly reviewed and updated and used to support our future budget submissions to Government.

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Our focus and emphasis for 2013-14

  • Pressing the ACT Government to deliver outcomes to which it is already committed
  • Other high priority but low-cost initiatives which we can deliver ourselves or press the Government to deliver for relatively modest outlays
  • A media campaign to highlight the benefits of investment in cycling and the risk to the Government’s own cycling mode share target
  • Developing a budget submission for a doubling of cycle funding in 2014-15.

We will emphasise that:

  • The ACT has fallen behind other Australian capitals and international benchmarks to the Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) data from the Bicycle Network (Victoria) overseas greatly exceed our cycling mode share and funding levels.
  • Our proposal for funding in the ACT Budget 2013-14 for $12.5 million a year over four years was the minimum needed to build the network and achieve the Government’s ambitious mode share target.

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Summary of our priorities

Major projects

  • Deliver the Civic Cycling Loop and Lake Burley Griffin Circuit
  • Provide smooth continuous cycling facilities along Constitution Avenue
  • Design the Yarra Glen east-side off-road link to the improved Yamba Drive route
  • Build the Majura Parkway cycle path

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Cycling network and maintenance

  • Implement a program to build at least 10% of the aspirational network per year
  • Develop a capital projects priority list using clear criteria matched with agreed funding based on the Government’s mode share target
  • Minimise waste and duplication within and between the areas of Government that affect ACT cycling
  • Improve processes for managing and delivering NCA projects

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Safety, integration and cultural change

  • Tackle barriers to cycling, particularly perceptions about safety, for the ‘8 to 80’ age cohort who are willing to cycle, especially women and children
  • Increase capacity and reliability of the public transport network to carry more bicycles (details on Pedal Power ACT webpage)
  • Promote cultural change to value cycling as part of a sustainable transport mix

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ACT Government position

ACT Budget 2013-14

The ACT Budget 2013-14 appears to allocate between $5 million and $7 million (subject to confirmation) for cycling infrastructure and programs. This is comparable to last year, and only half the rate of $50 million over four years that we proposed. The ACT Government is not yet prepared to back its active transport rhetoric with a major funding boost for cycling.

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ACT Government funding priorities

  • ALP commitments (policy) for Active Transport (2012)
  • ALP-Greens Parliamentary Agreement commitments (2012) – view transport items extract
  • Transport for Canberra 2012-2031 (policy of ACT Government)
  • Active Transport plan 2013 – 2017 (policy of ACT Government)
  • Off- road cycle path adjacent to the Majura Parkway – up to $12 million to construct, $0.5 million already allocated; $6 million in 2014-15 and $6 million in 2015-16
  • Active Transport program for kids that will include separated paths, greater visibility and lighting on the most commonly used paths around schools and our shopping centres – $4 million over four years, $1 million in 2013-14
  • Urban Improvement Program walking and cycling infrastructure stage 3 – $5.5 million over 4 years (scheduled completion June 2016)
  • Upgrade shared paths and on-road cycling facilities as part of an ongoing program to ensure that the network is available to both pedestrians and cyclists offering a safe environment for all
  • Yarra-Glen-missing-link-300wCivic Cycle Loop completion
  • Off-road shared path along Yamba Drive from Adelaide Avenue to the Canberra Hospital (see adjacent map) – finalisation of design of this major path that will provide improved access to the hospital and link into the existing on-road and off-road cycle routes
  • Installation of lighting along high-use cycle/community paths – continue with a number of projects
  • New bike and ride facilities – continue the roll out
  • Installation of bike racks on ACTION buses (80% are fitted with bike racks) – continue the roll out (details on Pedal Power ACT webpage)
  • Bike cages, lockers and rails at bus stops, bus stations and park and ride locations on ACTION’s Frequent Network – continue the roll out
  • ACT Labor Policy Program on Active Living to ‘ensure a whole of government approach to encouraging healthier living and active lifestyles across the city, bringing together sport and recreation, active transport, planning and development, education and health programs’
  • ‘Park and ride’ and ‘bike and ride’ facilities – at Erindale, Southern Athllon Drive, central Gungahlin, Weston Creek and Molonglo
  • Light rail network progress
  • Improved walking and cycling infrastructure, including maintenance, new paths and lanes, new pedestrian crossings, lighting, signage, shared zones and Molonglo Cycle Highway feasibility study (in addition to the separately funded Majura Parkway cycle path) – $15m over four years (view ACT TAMS Cycling and Walking website or Walking and Cycling Trunk Infrastructure project website)
  • Plans to accompany all major strategies and policies with online reporting of progress – implementation

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Pedal Power’s Call to Action

Deliver existing commitments: the major projects

1. Civic Cycle Loop – completed by 2014

(view ACT TAMS project website)

  • Provide a circular loop as Pedal Power originally proposed, not a horseshoe
  • Essential to complete the circuit at the southern end as it is unacceptable to expect people riding between Edinburgh Avenue and Constitution Avenue to take two footbridges over Parkes Way and a path under Commonwealth Bridge or to go round the Loop to the north
  • The problems at Latin American Plaza (Marcus Clark St) have to be rectified


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2. Lake Burley Griffin Circuit – completed by October 2014

  • Stage an official opening ceremony on 17 October 2014, the 50th anniversary of the Lake’s official opening by Menzies
  • If built right, it really will be the ACT’s showcase cycle route, the best half-day ride in Australia and a major asset for commuters as well as recreational riders, walkers and ACT tourism

There is still a lot of work to doaround-lake-bg-map-600W:

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a. Kings Avenue Bridge and East Basin [critical]
  • Rebuild and widen the section between Parkes Place and Bowen Park
  • Monitor construction of the Bowen Drive crossing by the National Capital Authority (NCA)
  • Build the ‘missing link’ through Bowen Park
  • Sort out and build a route through the Kingston Foreshore and Eastlake
  • Bridge the washout at Molonglo Reach opposite Duntroon
  • Develop the route past the Hospice and along the Menindee Drive alignment
  • Improve the route at the eastern end of Menzies Walk near and under the northern end of the Bridge

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b. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge [desirable]
  • Work with the NCA on widening both paths
  • Fill in the cracks in the bridge footpaths

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c. West of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge [desirable]
  • Widen key sections and deal with dangerous choke-points around some of the tunnels including: Acton, around West Basin matching the Menzies Walk improvements; parallel to Flynn Dr (behind the Hyatt Hotel); Yarralumla (from Banks St to Lady Denman Drive)
  • Constructed at a minimum width of 4 m to accommodate its current and future traffic (in line with Austroads standard for ‘major recreational paths’)
  • Cycling and walking priority ensured at all road crossings
  • Protect the path in designs for future lake-shore development including the City to Lake plan and the Stirling Ridge and Attunga Point plans for an embassy precinct and new PM’s Lodge
  • As several areas of the route are controlled by the National Capital Authority (NCA), ask NCA to adopt ACT design standards for cycling infrastructure

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3. Constitution Avenue

  • Work with the National Capital Authority (NCA) to provide a safe cycling route in both directions between the Civic Cycle Loop and Russell noting that there are major employment nodes along this route
  • Improve processes for managing and delivering NCA projects with the aim of getting the NCA to formally recognising and adhering to the ACT Walking and Cycling Network Plan resulting in Constitution Avenue having the status of a Main On-Road Route as shown on the Plan

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4. Yarra Glen off-road link to Yamba Drive

  • Build the off-road ‘missing link’ on the east side of Yarra Glen between Carruthers St and the Woden roundabout to connect the existing shared path on the east side of Yarra Glen with the new Yamba Drive route to the Canberra Hospital and with a side link to the Hughes shops.
  • This is part of a Government 2012 election commitment, which fits in with the current Yamba Drive shared path upgrades – it is relatively simple and cheap to construct because of the open space along the route and will provide a safe and convenient off-road option for people on the east side of Yarra Glen to reach the Woden Town Centre and the Canberra Hospital

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5. Majura Parkway cycle path – completed mid 2016

  • A separately funded Government commitment currently under construction

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6. Build the network to increase of people commuting to work by bicycle – achieve 6% by 2016

  • This is a commitment in the ACT Government Transport for Canberra policy – 6% commuter mode share for cycling by 2016, and 7% by 2021
  • The ABS Census mode share figures (for Canberra) have never reached 3%
  • To achieve the 7% commitment, there need to be adequate commitment and funding and then building at least 10% of the aspirational network every year – at least $12.5 million a year
  • The process for identifying the work to be done to complete the network is given below

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A smarter approach: list priorities using clear criteria


We recognise that a systematic, consistent approach is important and will provide feedback to Government on individual projects, issues and priorities with the aim of achieving excellence in engineering and design standards.

To this end we recognise that:

  • The ACT Government should set priorities in an orderly way, based on clear criteria and cost-benefit – in consultation with Pedal Power ACT (we do not want to push our own ‘wish-list’ of projects as that would hark back to what happened a decade ago)
  • There have been several planning studies in the last decade including the one currently under way: the Strategic Cycle Network Plan – we should not be caught up in endless strategic plans slowly going over the same ground
  • Once the Strategic Cycle Network Plan is completed we need to stay focused on its delivery and any future plans should evolve from what has already been adopted – we do not want any part of the Plan to be discarded for the latest ‘bright idea’
  • Many projects in the Plan will not be high-profile, but are no less significant – we need to move away from what’s in fashion, or the ‘squeakiest wheel’, or the ‘good ideas syndrome’ as that is not the way to set priorities
  • There is a need to identify and prioritise smaller connecting and network solutions that will come at medium cost and to identify and prioritise minor fixes that can be easily done out of maintenance budgets or for less than $5,000

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Planning and delivering the cycle network

Pedal Power ACT’s objectives are set out in our response to the draft Strategic Cycle Network Plan report: – it documents the aspirational cycle network by completing, updating and maintaining.

Ideally every cycling project, no matter how big or small, glamorous or mundane, should be built in strict cost-benefit order and with a view to increasing numbers of women and children cycling – except where another project is under way and there is an opportunity to build cycling into it.

Get the methodology is right so that it will identify which individual projects should be built – the issue then becomes funding and ensuring that funding is prioritised on a cost-benefit basis

There is a need to:

  • Identify what parts of the network are missing
  • Establish minimum levels of service (infrastructure quality standards) for the elements of the network
  • Develop robust, simple and binding criteria for prioritising capital works projects (view Pedal Power criteria for prioitising works)
  • Incorporate the Plan and related priority projects into clearly understood and agreed cross-government policy and priorities
  • Recognise that this long-range Plan that will give many opportunities to celebrate improvements that benefit all Canberrans
  • Review the Plan at least every two years

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More effective governance

Our ACT budget submission highlights the need to minimise waste and duplication within Government – between the functions of planning and delivering cycle infrastructure; between the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority (NCA); and when using the resurfacing program to mark on-road cycle lanes.

We will urge the ACT Government to bring its cycling program into sharper focus in line with the Transport for Canberra policy and to recognise that active and public transport have an increasing role – push for a position of ‘Active Transport Advocate’ to be established within TAMS with a mandate to ensure that progress on bicycle planning input, oversight of delivery, funding, safety and communication are clearly visible and thus ensure that every project is assessed from an active transport perspective; and suggest renaming Roads ACT as Transport ACT.

We will also work with the Commonwealth Government to improve our relationship with the NCA and the NCA’s appreciation of cycling issues.

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Perception of safety

There is a perception that cycling in the ACT is unsafe and that deters many people (particularly women and children) from riding.

To achieve a breakthrough on cycling numbers, we will tackle this ‘resistance point’ by:

  • Recognising that completing the protected cycling network is important, especially into and through the town and group centres: ‘the last kilometre of the ride’
  • Pushing for traffic calming and reduced speed limits on identified connector and ‘active streets’
  • Support and monitor implementation of the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2013-17
  • Encourage the installation of high-quality bicycle parking and other end-of-ride facilities

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Public transport

Not all ACT buses can carry standard bicycles – despite a clear 2008 election and follow up commitments, so we will:

  • Press the Government to show how it can meet its service charter, now it has reneged on 100% of buses to have bike racks and has gone to 80% that in reality produces a reliability of less than that, given the heavy use of buses without racks on the inter-town services where demand for racks is highest
  • Start planning for how cycling is going to interact with future light rail
  • Encourage ACT Government to continue to roll out the bike cages, lockers and racks at bus stations and stops

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Cultural change

We will work towards changing the culture so that cycling is accepted by most as the first choice for transport (it took the Netherlands 40 year to get to that point so we have a ways to go).

Communities where active transport works have put bicycles and walkers at the top of the transport pecking order in order.

To promote a greater mode share for active transport, we will support:

  • Reforms to make driving and parking cars less easy, cheap and convenient
  • City plans that provide for fewer car parks, not more
  • Tourism promotion that included cycling
  • Training, education and information-sharing
  • An improved ACT Government internet resource for cycling
  • Pedal Power ACT initiatives (eg Cycle Facilities Assessment, bicycle maintenance courses, New Horizons for Women, free lights, group rides)
  • A range of other low cost measures that would promote cycling and enhancing Canberra’s cycling culture, including:

ACT Government

  • An identifiable ACT Cycling Program
  • A bicycle share/hire scheme
  • Extensive bicycle parking infrastructure
  • Expanding and enhancing the Ride to School program
  • Advertising
  • Monitoring and applying world’s best practice
  • Green lanes and ‘bike boxes’ at intersections
  • Traffic light priority for bicycles
  • Surveys of interest in cycling participation
  • Regular Sunday street closures to celebrate cycling
  • Bicycle training for engineers and planners

Pedal Power

  • An increased emphasis on activities to promote cycling for women and children
  • Free skills training for children and adults who take up cycling
  • A ‘TravelSmart’ or similar scheme to help and advise people thinking about taking up cycling
  • Expanding and enhancing the Ride to Work program
  • A competition for recognising and rewarding cycle commuters
  • Continued successful media presence reaching out beyond the Pedal Power ACT membership
  • A bicycle exchange/donor program
  • Handing out bicycle lights
  • Regular cycle counts


  • Road service for bicycles

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Last modified JW  20 August 2013