65% of people who live in the ACT own a bike, yet only 20% ride regularly - and we think Canberra can do better.
We know part of the reason people don’t ride more is because of the aging infrastructure, missing bike paths, or reluctance to ride on the road.
The Pedal Power ACT advocacy team work hard to help government, planning officials and construction teams make sure that we have the best conditions to encourage more people to get on bikes.
So what kind of work do we get up to? Our team of volunteers is never short on action. Recently we’ve:
- Had discussion with heavy vehicle and bus drivers so they understand the bike riders' perspective;
- Provided feedback to the Haig Park consultation, as well as new developments in Woden and Belconnen town centres;
- Light rail changes require ongoing monitoring to ensure best practice solutions.
We respond to member queries as well, for example:
- Service road developments in new areas of Gungahlin and Molonglo were creating high speed, but poor sightlines for driver – we were able to take this concern to government and develop solutions for these areas to increase awareness of bikes on the roads
- A member was concerned about riding on Commonwealth Bridge where the railing is low and fails to prevent bike riders falling into traffic – we were able to use our contacts in relevant departments to reignite the discussion about improving bike amenities on our two Lake Burley Griffin bridges
If you want to learn new skills or share some of your existing ones, we want you to jump into action with our Advocacy Team this year.
It takes an army of volunteers to ensure we are providing the best for the Canberra community. Being able to respond to members’ queries, as well as government officials, requires all sorts of skills. The most important attribute we require is a will to get more people riding a bike in Canberra.
Pedal Power ACT has members all over Canberra, but we currently lack active volunteers around Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. If you live in or know these areas, your involvement would be much appreciated.
Join us at our next meeting to make a difference, meet fellow bicycle advocates, and have some fun.
8 May 2017, 6-8pm, Pedal Power ACT office (Level 2 Room 10, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City)