Pedal Power ACT welcomes the ACT Government announcement to establish an Active Transport Office.
The Active Transport Office will operate as a single point of contact for walking and cycling issues and will include the creation of an ‘Active Transport Coordinator’ who will be a high profile public contact on these issues.
Pedal Power ACT in collaboration with the Heart Foundation ACT has lobbied the ACT Government to implement the concept for the last two years.
“This is a great for Canberra. Through coordinated efforts of the Heart Foundation and Pedal Power ACT the Active Transport Office will help decrease traffic congestion allowing for more cycling and a healthier lifestyle within the community,” said Pedal Power ACT Chief Executive John Armstrong.
“Establishment of this office we have shown a unity of vision across Canberra, one which closely reflects Pedal Power ACT’s own key priorities for the ACT – better infrastructure, improved safety and promotion of the health benefits of cycling to get more Canberrans on their bikes.”
Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform, Shane Rattenbury MLA says the plan will create a clearer framework for transport infrastructure in Canberra.
“Active transport must be a major part of Canberra’s transport future if we are to be a healthy and vibrant city. It is one of the keys to ensuring Canberra is a city that values and prioritises people and helps them get around,” said Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform, Shane Rattenbury MLA
The Heart Foundation Chief Executive Tony Stubbs says the new office will ensure a coordinated approach will achieve real outcomes.
“We have been working closely with the ACT Government to increase transport options that improve population health, increase sustainability, build economic outcomes, reduce traffic congestion and create greater equity. Active transport ticks all of these boxes,” said Mr Stubbs.