Last year we asked you to start reporting banana rails that you regard as hazardous on shared paths around Canberra. We're getting results.
Many paths around Canberra have deflection rails (commonly referred to as banana rails) – a device on shared paths to restrict vehicles using the paths, or to avoid conflict with pedestrians or a hazardous part of the path.
In 2016 Pedal Power ACT’s advocacy team secured a commitment from the ACT Government to no longer install banana rails on any new path developed in Canberra.
The policy is for existing banana rails not to be removed unless identified as hazardous. Pedal Power ACT members can report hazardous infrastructure to the ACT Government via Fix my street, and results are starting to come in from members who have done just that.
Pedal Power ACT member John Widdup says:
"The two banana rails that serve no useful purpose that I reported have been removed
- One is on the path through the wetlands -- near the car park off Dairy Flat road.
- The other is on the around Lake Burley Griffin path near the Arboretum car park.
And the audit around Lake Burley-Griffin is about to start."
Keep up the reporting, and with your help we can continue to make Canberra the Cycling Capital.
Let us know if you've had a win, or if you have any concerns about cycling infrastructure that has been reported to the ACT Government at firstname.lastname@example.org.