The start of 2015 has proven to be an incredibly busy one for Pedal Power ACT and with Easter come and gone, April is in full swing.
Pedal Power ACT met with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Planning Minister Mick Gentleman on 1 April, which proved to be another fruitful discussion with the leaders of our city.
We have held a range of positive talks with Government over recent times and our meeting last week gave us the opportunity to thank them for announcing the new Active Transport Office – an important move which has our full support.
We were able to use the meeting to point to the large and growing number of Canberrans who cycle, and the opportunity for the Government to reap the economic benefits of safe, attractive, family-friendly cycling conditions.
There was a positive discussion of developments including the Active Travel Framework, the Vulnerable Road User recommendations, constructive engagement between the ACT and federal parliamentarians, and the scope for developing Canberra as a cycle tourism destination based on improved facilities including the nearly completed sections of the Civic Cycle Loop.
Retaining a government focus, Pedal Power ACT has also had the opportunity to provide feedback and comment on two significant government projects. We have entered submissions for the Canberra Brickworks Development and also Minister Gentleman’s Statement of Planning Intent. I would encourage you to read both of our submissions.
We will continue to provide our consolidated feedback to government as we look to improve the cycling options in our city.
The excellent efforts of our volunteers who recently provided secure bicycle parking at the National Folk Festival (and some great exposure in doing so) as well as those who recently undertook the Cordon Count around each of the city centres, reinforces the continuing and varied role that Pedal Power plays in developing our community.
In our last edition of NewsWheel we announced the appointment of our two newest staff members, Raynie McNee and Rachel Lynskey. They have hit the ground running inside the Pedal Power office and have already made great contributions as our team approaches full strength again. They, along with the rest of the Pedal Power ACT team and volunteers continue to work tirelessly to improve cycling in the city for our members and the rest of the community.
I hope you all have a safe and happy April and I look forward to seeing you on the bike in the near future.
Pedal Power ACT