The first Park & Pedal scheme in Australia was announced this morning for Canberra by Bec Cody, MLA for Murrumbidgee.
Park & Pedal will allow Canberrans to drive their car part-way to work, park their car for free, and pedal the remainder of the journey.
This will help people who work in the ACT and who live too far away to regularly commute by bike the whole way. It will help busy corporates to work regular physical exercise into their daily routines, while saving money on transport and parking and reducing stress from traffic congestion.
The first Park & Pedal location in the ACT is being trialled at the Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum carpark on Barrenjoey Drive, just off the Tuggeranong Parkway from Monday 13 February.
Importantly, a coffee van will be at the carpark every morning between 6:30am and 9:15am. All next week (13 Feb – 17 Feb), ACT Government and NCA staff, together with Pedal Power ACT volunteers will be onsite to ride with any people who would like company, leaving the carpark at 8:00am each day to travel to the City, Woden, the National Triangle and Barton.
Only a 30 minute ride from the City and Woden, and also from the National Triangle and Barton precincts, this location will suit many ACT commuters. There is a shared, off-road path the entire way to these destinations, stress-free, and unencumbered by traffic and intersections.
The trial is an Australian-first, drawing on the success of similar schemes internationally, including in the US, Canada and the UK. In Boston, there are now more than 30 carparks identified for the Park & Pedal scheme, with the numbers of people choosing this option, continually growing.
Park & Pedal complements other active travel schemes in the ACT including the Park and Ride and Bike and Ride facilities.
As always, commuters are reminded to not leave valuables in their cars.
More information is available at http://www.transport.act.gov.au/getting-around/active-travel/park&pedal
Route mapping has been prepared by CycleLifeHQ, available from the active travel website above and from http://www.cyclelifehq.com/