ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris has donned her activewear for a Labor announcement on footpaths and cycleways in Belconnen this morning.
Joining her at the event were Labor colleagues and the CEO of the Heart Foundation of the ACT, Tony Stubbs, who also made an appearance at the Greens’ $60 million active travel announcement yesterday.
Ms Fitzharris said a re-elected Labor government would focus its efforts on walking and cycling infrastructure on making it easier and safer for children to travel to school on foot or by bike, extending its age-friendly suburbs program and adding $2.7 million for general footpath upgrades to be spent according to requests from the public.
Labor would add another 50 schools to the Government’s Active Streets for Schools program to improve suburban streets and paths.
“Active Streets for Schools is all about making walking and cycling to school the norm in Canberra again,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Not only will this get kids active, but it will give parents peace of mind that the route to school is safe and easy to follow. It is also a fun way to get to and from school and helps alleviate some of the traffic congestion created by parents dropping kids off at the school gate.”
The age-friendly suburbs program, already being rolled out in Ainslie, Weston, Kaleen and Monash, would bring improved footpaths, additional ramps and upgraded lighting to Page, Stirling, Isabella Plains and Narrabundah.
Canberrans would be asked to nominate a footpath that needs upgrading or a missing link they’d like to see filled in. That wishlist would form the priority target for the $2.7 million in general footpath upgrades.