The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is thrilled that she’s got a motion through the Legislative Assembly “calling on the Government to prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in planning, traffic, and urban design policies in Canberra.”
A motion without legislation is only slightly more significant than the Canberra College SRC moving to make the ACT a nuclear free zone, but it does notionally commit the Government to:
– Convert appropriate areas into ‘pedestrian priority’ spaces;
– Redesign Northbourne Avenue to improve transport options, including more efficient and safe travel for bus and bicycle commuters; and
– Investigate formalising the principles from the Healthy Spaces and Places design guide and the International Charter of Walking into the Territory’s planning rules.