19 September 2022

Probing the polls: chief ministerial changes and on-road cycle lanes

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Should we build more on-road cycle lanes? Photo: File.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is now one of Australia’s longest-serving political leaders and has recently confirmed he’ll run for election in 2024.

Will his leadership through difficult times ensure his re-election, or is it time for a change?

Many readers argued it was time for Mr Barr to move on, while others pointed to his success at guiding the ACT through the pandemic relatively unscathed.

Ross Solly wrote that Mr Barr feels reinvigorated and has an ambitious agenda in front of him. ”The challenge for him will be to prove to the electorate he is still the best person for the job and is not becoming lazy and uninspired,” he said.

We asked: Should Andrew Barr complete a fourth term as Chief Minister? Some 1376 voters participated.

Your voting choices were: No, time’s up and we need a change – which received 72 per cent of the total, or 986 votes; or alternatively, you could have voted Yes, the ACT’s well run and there’s work to do. This received 28 per cent of the total, or 390 votes.

This week, we’re wondering whether you think divided cycle lanes are the key to getting Canberrans out of cars and onto two wheels for their daily commute?

The Inner South Canberra Community Council says the increasing volume of traffic along the Cotter Road/Adelaide Avenue corridor to Canberra Avenue as the Molonglo Valley grows poses safety issues for those wanting to cycle to and from the city and Inner South.

The council wants Cotter Road to be prioritised for active travelling upgrades and is asking the Government to review active travel routes to ensure they connect key locations such as shops and schools, are being used, can be separated from road traffic, and have priority at crossings.

READ ALSO New call for separated cycleways on Cotter Road, Adelaide Avenue to make active travel safer

How do you feel about on-road bicycle lanes?

Martin Budden said: “On-road bicycle lanes are inherently dangerous. We already have an excellent network of away-from-road shared paths. When I used to cycle to work I always used these instead of roads.”

Another reader wrote: “Good idea in theory, however, some cyclists insist on using the road instead of the cycleways – right next to the road! So infuriating when they have a queue of traffic behind them!”

Matt Jakab said: “Where there is no other option, a separate bike lane parallel to the arterials would be a very good thing.
Don’t buy into the nonsense calling for bike rego and rider licensing. Not necessary nor practical when bikes don’t contribute to road deterioration, and are people seriously saying ALL cyclists including young kids have to get licensed?”

Our question this week is:

Should the Government build more on-road bicycle lanes?

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Vicky Diamond4:08 am 27 Sep 22

I prefer separate bike paths away from roads for safety, but not too far, and I prefer them as flat as roads, not hilly and longer.

Mark Jakab said “Don’t buy into the nonsense calling for bike rego and rider licensing. Not necessary nor practical when bikes don’t contribute to road deterioration” but that’s not all registration and licencing are for. I’d like to be able to identify someone that causes an accident or behaves dangerously, I’d like to know that they have passed a basic road competency and I’d like their insurance to cover the damage they do to my vehicle (which has happened twice) before they ride away unidentified, leaving me with the cost.

I totally agree Stephen E. I drive and ride a bike. I would happily pay registration to ride my bike and be issued with a small number plate. Bike riders should also be required to have their bikes undergo an annual safety check so that they are compliant. I can’t understand why people object!

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