Pedal Power ACT today welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement to invest in active travel infrastructure in the upcoming 2018 Budget.
“This funding is very welcome and makes up for lost ground and reverses the decline in active travel spending that we’ve seen over the past two years,” says Pedal Power CEO Ian Ross.
“The 2016 Parliamentary Agreement committed to an “additional $30 million” for active travel over this term of Government. This budget goes some way to achieving that, given that the trend we’ve seen over the past two budgets has been a reduction in spending.
“We are pleased to see funding for infrastructure to make it easier for people to get to and from the Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong town centres on bike and on foot. In terms of the overall path network, this is a key priority, and something that Pedal Power proposed in our budget submission.
“The announcement that the Government will be constructing separated paths around the Woden Town Centre, is a big step forward. We know from research and the experience of cities around the world that separated paths are the key driver to get more people on bikes, and this is something that Pedal Power has been advocating for many years. If you build safer paths that keep people on bikes away from cars, more people will ride – its’s that simple.
“We look forward to the Belconnen Bike Way being delivered as a flagship project. We welcome the additions and look forward to being part of the consultation. The plan to provide protected bike lanes on Benjamin Way is very welcome and we look forward to seeing the design plans. This would be a great opportunity to create a bike lane with street parking as a barrier to protect people from cars, a model that could be rolled out in other parts of the city.
“Our lake paths are great community assets for people walking and riding, however there are still many gaps and “dead ends” in the network which make it harder to get around. It’s great to see some work being done on improving linkages between the town centre and the lake at Tuggeranong, and around the Belconnen Arts Centre.
“To achieve our zero-emissions target, and to make our city a healthier and more liveable place, we need serious investment in our path network to make cycling a more viable transport alternative. This means funding for new infrastructure, and ongoing investment in maintaining our existing ageing path network. We look forward to hearing more for the ACT budget on its maintenance plans for the 2018 year, said Mr Ross.