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Bike cages come to Belconnen and Gungahlin

By johnboy 25 March 2011 23

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Territory And Municipal Services have announced they’ve opened, with the help of MP for Fraser Andrew Leigh, two new bicycle cages for the bike>park>ride program:

“The bike>park>ride initiative has received $255,000 in Federal Government funding through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure grant program. The ACT Government has also provided $700,000 over three years as part of the 2010-11 Transport for Canberra Budget to construct bike>park>ride facilities along the Rapid bus routes,” Paul Peters, Director of Transport Planning in TAMS said.

“The new bicycle cages are the first of their kind available to the community in Canberra. They have free, 24-hour swipe card access and the capacity for 24 bikes to be parked in each cage.

“One cage is located at the Community Bus Station on Cohen Street in Belconnen and another on Flemington Road near the corner of Nullabor Avenue.

“The bike>park>ride network will encourage people to combine a bike and bus ride as a practical and healthy alternative to travelling by car.

Details on the Transport for Canberra website

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Bluey 9:13 am 28 Mar 11

If I lived in say, Bonner and wanted to ride/bus than maybe this would be a good option for half-n-halfing it. Only explanation I can think of.

loopol 8:59 am 28 Mar 11

It’s been near impossible to get on a bus at the stop on Flemington Road the last couple of months, let alone get a seat. Buses are usually full and drive right on by. The only advantage of riding a bike to this stop is that you’d have your bike with you so that you could continue on into town after watching buses not stop for you for 40+ minutes rather than having to walk home and get the car as I’ve had to do on numerous occassions.

Eby 9:06 pm 27 Mar 11

Postalgeek said :

I’m not quite sure what your point is, Eby. Are you saying that because a fraction of the population can’t afford a bicycle (even free ones floating around the place) a scheme to promote cycling shouldn’t be given consideration?

Do you think the money should go to something more affordable like cars?

No, not at all – of course schemes to promote cycling are good.

My point is:

That I don’t really see much benefit in the bike cages; given they are only really for cycling between home and bus stop. If they have been developed because the bus stops are too far away from people’s homes for them to comfortably walk the distance; then these bike cages are not really fixing the core of the problem – which is that we don’t have enough buses or bus stops.

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