Following media and public interest in congestion issues at Kingston Foreshore, the Minister for Economic Development, Andrew Barr, has directed the Land Development Agency to meet with Pedal Power this week to discuss a solution.
Pedal Power brought attention to the issue via its website (Anger over Kingston Foreshore snub) and in the media following failed dealings with the LDA over congestion at Kingston Foreshore caused by cyclists, pedestrians and outside diners being forced to share the same promenade space.
Pedal Power’s Advocacy Team Leader, Jeff Ibbotson, said “We predicted this would happen. The result is chaotic and it impedes the flow for people cycling around Lake Burley Griffin. Nor does it make it pleasant for people trying to enjoy the cafes.”
Speaking to The Canberra Times, Minister Barr said “Following Pedal Power bringing this issue to the Chief Minister, the LDA has been working closely with the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate to resolve the matter.”
Ibbotson says Pedal Power is well prepared to press its case further:
“We’ve observed and photographed the area, discussed the issues with cafe owners, residents and traders associations and met with Shadow Minister Alistair Coe. We’ve also conducted a cordon count t assess the number of people walking and cycling on the promenade.”
Also on the table for discussion is the poor design of the lake side path for the SouthQuay development at Greenway and the substandard, delayed and dangerous arrangements at Ginninderra Drive Lawson due to the temporary but extended loss of the off-road shared path.
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