The ABC reports that the Canberra Pedestrian Forum are up in arms about new draft plans for pedestrian and cycle routes proposed for the ACT. Leon Arundell from Canberra Pedestrian Forum says “Many of Canberra’s 64,000 school children and 10,000 bus commuters can’t even get to a bus stop without walking on the road”. So the CPF seems to be asking for a footpath on every road in Canberra?!? Maybe we need an underpass every time a footpath crosses a road too? This is just another example of user conflict and non-sharing attitudes on the roads which we have seen numerous times with cyclists. Motorised vehicles are required to give way to all pedestrian traffic, so do we really need footpaths on all suburban streets?
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