24 November 2023

Forage and Sustainable Travel Street Party postponed due to forecast thunderstorms

| Claire Fenwicke
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People would have been able to test out electric options at the Sustainable Street Travel Party. Photo: ACT Government.

Due to storm clouds gathering on the horizon, the ACT Government’s Forage and Sustainable Travel Street Party has been postponed until March next year.

The Sunday (26 November) event had been marketed as a try-before-you-buy street festival for electric travel, with demonstrations on e-scooters, e-bikes and electric vehicles.

There were also going to be vendors, food, entertainment, free kids activities and giveaways.

Those plans have fallen victim to the rain and thunderstorms forecast for the Territory this weekend.

“This decision was not made lightly; however, the health and safety of the community remains our number one priority for all public events,” a government spokesperson said.

“Key activities like e-bike and e-scooter trials would not be able to be delivered safely due to the forecasted wet weather.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Sustainable Travel Street Party again in March 2024. Further details will be announced soon.”

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According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the forecast for the ACT (as of this morning, 24 November) has predicted 2 to 15 millimetres of rain on Saturday, with a possible storm, before a shower or two with a possible storm on Sunday.

However, the forecast rain doesn’t take into account how much deluge could come down in storms, given their unpredictability.

BoM meteorologist Angus Hines said the storms could be severe.

“Severe thunderstorms can generate heavy to intense rainfall … [they] can also generate damaging or destructive winds,” he said.

“Severe thunderstorms may [also] generate large or giant-sized hail, which can damage anything outdoors, including cars.

“When it comes to thunderstorm warnings, I do have to stress they change and update very, very rapidly.”

A low-pressure system has formed over southern Australia, which is pulling down a rainfall band from northern NSW.

Mr Hines said given that consecutive stormy days were on the cards, we could expect some “pretty significant” rainfall totals.

“Thunderstorms by their characteristic do give inconsistent rainfall amounts, some of the most severe thunderstorms can dump 100 millimetres of rain in a short space of time … [but they can be] fairly localised,” he said.

You can keep up to date on the latest thunderstorm and severe weather warnings via the BoM website or app.

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Sustainable travel, just not in the rain, or storms, or heat, or cold, or wind, or any unpleasant weather.

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