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Pedal Power ACT calls for $50m over four years for cycling. Election Forum and list of grievances.

By PedalPower - 20 August 2012 144

Pedal Power ACT is calling on the next ACT Government to increase spending on cycling to $50 million over four years.

Canberra’s facilities are great for dedicated, confident riders but they don’t encourage enough new riders and there are too many unfinished projects. Cycling increased by 70% between 2004 and 2010 but has not grown since.

ACT Government currently spends 2% or less of the transport budget on cycling, which is not in line with its stated goal of having 6% of all work trips made on bike by 2016. The last cycle to work count in 2006 showed trips by bike were only at 2.5%. http://www.transport.act.gov.au/policy.html

Pedal Power ACT believes that consistent with Canberra’s goals, around 6% of the transport budget, or $50 million, should be invested in cycling over the next four years. This would clear backlog projects and build the next-generation infrastructure needed to encourage more people to ride. http://www.pedalpower.org.au/

Pedal Power ACT is holding an Election Forum on 19 September to hear from the ACT Greens, ACT Labor and Canberra Liberals about how they will support cycling. Attendance is free and all are welcome.


We need a safe crossing over Bowen Drive.

bowen drive


Melrose Drive Underpass – barriers have since been removed to assist cycling.

underpass


Lake Burley Griffin offroad path ends in Kingston Foreshore, sending riders onto roads, footpaths and terminating bike lanes.

bike lane


Cyclists must turn left on Yamba Drive Mawson.

yamba drive


Bike Lane ends on Ginninderra Drive at GDE Intersection.

ginninderra drive


Bike lane ends on Brisbane Ave, Barton.

brisbane ave


Bike lane ends on Barton Hwy near Federation Square.

barton highway

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144 Responses to
Pedal Power ACT calls for $50m over four years for cycling. Election Forum and list of grievances.
BicycleCanberra 10:53 am 20 Aug 12

Here_and_Now said :

I was once told that the reason for rails like the ones near the Melrose underpass entrance were so bikes (and skateboards and whatever else) would have to slow down to navigate them and have less risk of collision in or around the underpass.

Of course, I don’t think the person who told me was either a cyclist or an urban engineer, so that might not be set in concrete (unlike the rails).

Pedestrians and cyclists need to be separated also, but particularly at underpasses and bridges, but getting ACT roads to do this is very difficult indeed.

http://youtu.be/ZFTd8kuVrHY

BicycleCanberra 10:47 am 20 Aug 12

Mysteryman said :

How do we ride through at Melrose Drive Underpass, Woden?

Same way I did when I was 12. It’s not rocket science.

The barrier at Melrose Dr underpass was removed some time ago, thanks to “yours truly”, but there are many more barriers around Canberra that need to be removed.

$50 million over four years sounds like a lot , I would have doubled it to $100 million. The ACT Government from 2000-2011 has spent over $1 billion dollars on roads(which includes new sub divisions) and according to BIS Shrapnel, and will spend on average $150 million each year between 2012-2016.
So Pedal Powers $16 million each year over 4 years pales into insignificance compared to road funding. $25 million a year would be better.

Apparently the Dutch spend $30 per capital on Bicycle infrastructure, but they spend a hell of a lot more on roads also. http://youtu.be/bUIdIuuPoZo

johnboy 10:45 am 20 Aug 12

Well I rode a bike to work this morning. Pretty sure I wasn’t alone.

poetix 10:45 am 20 Aug 12

They are absolutely right that you have to be a very confident rider to tackle anything off the bike paths and quiet suburban streets. Bike lanes should be physically divided from cars wherever possible. Often it’s not the distance of a ride but the danger that puts people (well, me) off.

harvyk1 10:44 am 20 Aug 12

I am highly unlikely to use any of the infrastructure which pedal power has asked for. That said cycling is a very valid and popular commuting method, and anything which can make that method safer for the not-insignificant number of people who chose this method then I am all for it, with two proviso’s.

1. They don’t take away from other forms of transport to give to the cyclists. Any work done should complement the current road infrastructure, not degrade it.

2. Cyclists need to use this new infrastructure. It’s all well and good to build proper cycle paths running along major arterial roads, but if the cyclists still chose to take their chances with the cars despite being within 5 meters of dedicated infrastructure which is running the same way as them, then that is not on. In fact I believe cyclists who chose to ride on the road despite having dedicated infrastructure near by going the same way as them should both have their head examined, and their wallets made lighter.

So provided those two proviso’s are met, I have no problem with $50 million been spent on such infrastructure.

Solidarity 10:42 am 20 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m waiting for the people who bitched out about the $800,000 funding for motorsport to come in here and post about how this is a great idea and money well spent.

difference being, motor sport benifits nobody besides a small group of bogans, yet the more people out of cars ande onto bikes equals less polutuion, less traffic, more available parking etc etc.

BTW, i do not ride a bike as its not possible with my job, so im qualified asa outsider to comment with authority on the benefits of more peeps riding bikes.

No, nobody is going to ride a bike, so if they spend all this money it benefits like 4 people. They have this grand idea that all this infrustructure means people are going to take up riding bikes… it’s just not going to happen. These pedal power people need a dose of reality.

Mysteryman 10:42 am 20 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m waiting for the people who bitched out about the $800,000 funding for motorsport to come in here and post about how this is a great idea and money well spent.

difference being, motor sport benifits nobody besides a small group of bogans, yet the more people out of cars ande onto bikes equals less polutuion, less traffic, more available parking etc etc.

BTW, i do not ride a bike as its not possible with my job, so im qualified asa outsider to comment with authority on the benefits of more peeps riding bikes.

From the posts I’ve read, you don’t seem qualified to comment “with authority” on anything.

Here_and_Now 10:35 am 20 Aug 12

I was once told that the reason for rails like the ones near the Melrose underpass entrance were so bikes (and skateboards and whatever else) would have to slow down to navigate them and have less risk of collision in or around the underpass.

Of course, I don’t think the person who told me was either a cyclist or an urban engineer, so that might not be set in concrete (unlike the rails).

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:34 am 20 Aug 12

Mysteryman said :

I’m waiting for the people who bitched out about the $800,000 funding for motorsport to come in here and post about how this is a great idea and money well spent.

difference being, motor sport benifits nobody besides a small group of bogans, yet the more people out of cars ande onto bikes equals less polutuion, less traffic, more available parking etc etc.

BTW, i do not ride a bike as its not possible with my job, so im qualified asa outsider to comment with authority on the benefits of more peeps riding bikes.

Canberracanuck 10:27 am 20 Aug 12

@solidarity You still driving a car??? Wake up and smell the exhaust fumes!

Diggety 10:25 am 20 Aug 12

Why don’t you all save your own pennies and buy a f**king motor.

As soon as you ask for funding – you fail.

Mysteryman 10:17 am 20 Aug 12

How do we ride through at Melrose Drive Underpass, Woden?

Same way I did when I was 12. It’s not rocket science.

Mysteryman 10:15 am 20 Aug 12

I’m waiting for the people who bitched out about the $800,000 funding for motorsport to come in here and post about how this is a great idea and money well spent.

p1 10:11 am 20 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

50 million dollars for bikes?

Are you smoking crack?

Not yet, but $50 mil should buy some.

Solidarity 9:50 am 20 Aug 12

50 million dollars for bikes?

Are you smoking crack?

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