What we do
Our Advocacy Group comprises six teams that advocate for the best possible outcomes for cycling. Here’s a snapshot of some of our recent work:
VULNERABLE ROAD USER SAFETY
A Canberra bike rider was hit by a car last year, suffering serious injuries. A police investigation found the car driver was negligent, and yet he only received a $393 fine (and the loss of some demerit points) as a result.
Since this incident, Pedal Power has been calling for changes to road transport legislation to better reflect community expectations around road safety.
On 22 June 2021, Jo Clay MLA tabled a bill in the Legislative Assembly to better protect pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bike riders.
The bill would amend the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 to:
- Add an offence of ‘Negligent driving – harm to vulnerable road user’, and
- Quadruple the maximum penalty to 50 penalty units, or a maximum fine of $1600.
This bill aims to improve community safety, support active travel, and cut transport emissions to reach net zero by 2045.
Consultation on issues such as Light Rail stage 2, the Garden City Cycle Route from Watson to Braddon, the Campbell and Dickson shops upgrades, Morriset Street extension, Lonsdale Street upgrades, and a new Watson development between Aspinall Street and the Federal highway.
Technical and design advice provided for projects including the Kingston Foreshore development, the West Basin development, Telopea Park concept design, the Australian War Memorial development proposal
Proactive advocacy for concepts such as a separated cycleway on Northbourne Avenue, designating De Burgh Street an ‘active travel street’, improving the crossings on Northbourne Avenue and on Miller Street, additional bike parking for the light rail, and road crossings on principal routes.
Consultations including designs for the Duffy Shops upgrade, the development of a new bridge on John Gorton Drive, the Yarralumla Brickworks upgrade, a proposed new cycle path on Devonport Street Lyons, the new path over Weston Creek bridge to the C5, connect paths as part of the land release in Coombs and Wright
Technical and design advice including the proposed path in Whitlam, Namatjira Drive shared path, the CIT Woden development, the Canberra Hospital expansion, the Athllon Drive duplication, Light Rail Stage 2B, a new crossing at Sulwood and Athllon Drive, and and the new path to be constructed on Sulwood Drive.
Consultations on proposals including the new Mitchell light rail stop, the Kaleen shops upgrade, improvements to Gungahlin town centre access, and upgrades to facilities and path widening at Yerrabi Pond.
Proactive advocacy for upgrades to the shared path on Gungahlin Drive, and priority road crossings.
Consultations on changes to access into the Belconnen town centre, ongoing participation in Ginninderry Travel and Transport advisory group, including discussions about a west Belconnen cycleway, and discussions around the Access Canberra shopfront upgrade in Belconnen.
Technical and design input into a planned extension to the Belconnen bikeway from Haydon Drive to Battye Street and past the CIT on Purdie Street.
Proactive advocacy for improved designs for a new roundabout near Copland College.
Consultations around a design study for an off-road cycle path next to the Monaro Highway from Johnson Drive to Canberra Ave (following significant proactive advocacy work).
Technical and design advice about improvements to the Tuggeranong town centre (Anketell Street upgrades)
Proactive advocacy on issues such as our requested expansion to country roads safety audit, to include Tharwa Drive and Tidbinbilla Road, seeing repair of a hazardous path in Wanniassa, upgrade to the path between Fadden Pines and Lake Tuggeranong, widening the path around Lake Tuggeranong.
Environment and Participation
Signage audit conducted of entire path network.
Meeting with e-scooter companies about safety and parking issues.
Advocating for e-bikes to be included in zero emission vehicle loan scheme
Contributed to the ACT Government’s planning review
Advocating for the ACT Government to finalise and implement variation to Territory Plan on end-of-trip facilities
We are regularly called upon for advice on how proposals will impact cycling. We are known and respected for the quality and consistency of our submissions. Some of our submissions include:
- 2021-2022 ACT Budget Submission
- 2020/2021 ACT Budget Submission
- Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan Dec 2019
- Pedal Power Submission to Moving Canberra March 2019
- Pedal Power submission to ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2018
- ACT Compulsory Third Party Insurance Review Submission
- Pedal Power submission to NCA for Northborne Plaza – Alinga Street stop
- Submission about the Kings Ave/Parkes Way Overpass Pedestrian Lights
- Feedback on the Belconnen Draft Master Plan
- Pedal Power – Addressing Path Maintenance August 2016