Since the ACT now has 100% renewable electricity most remaining CO2‐emissions come from motor transport (60%). Private vehicles contribute most this (69%).
The Government’s transport emissions focus has chiefly been on public transport and electric cars. Welcome government funding has supported the Canberra Electric Bike Library – www.see-change.org.au/cbrebikelibrary (recently refunded for another year) as well as the Conservation Council’s Make the Move program to help people switch to active travel – www.makethemove.org.au
However given the zero emission targets and the ACT Legislative Assembly declaration of a climate emergency back in May 2019, we’ve heard barely a peep from ministers on the contribution bicycles can make. That was concerning. considering bikes are such a cheap option, especially compared to the cost e-cars.
So it was pleasing to hear Transport Minister Chris Steel mentioning active travel as one way of dealing the disruption to came for light rail works on Commonwealth Ave and London Circuit. Pedal Power ACT looks forward to working constructively with officials on this.
At the time of writing, we were still awaiting officials’ response to our 2020 request to clarify which area of government is working on Climate Change Strategy actions related to active travel.
Improvements to the cycle parking requirements for residential and commercial developments have been in the pipeline for far too long. Pedal Power was on the working group that accepted a redraft in February 2019. After several prompts, the draft variation to the Territory Plan that will bring in the new requirements is on its way to finalisation.
District Plans are proposed as part of the Planning system reforms. Their aim is to ‘provide more planning guidance at a district area level and allow for the distinctive character of each district to be reflected in the planning system.’ – https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/act-planning-system-review-and-reform/district-planning. Pedal Power contributed to the community consultation session on the Woden District where there was widespread support for improving active travel.
Promoting cycling – Pedal Power was asked to present cycling to a Woden Community Council meeting. It was a good opportunity to explain what we are doing and what we are seeking to make cycling an easy, comfortable, and convenient choice in the Woden district. We have also engaged with Weston Creek and Gungahlin Community Councils to build community support and participation.