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The Greens transport plan for pedestrian and cycling safety

By johnboy 20 August 2012 23

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After a false start where they linked to a March 2010 transport plan the Greens have announced their Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Package.

The ACT Greens Active Transport Package includes:

— $13.25m for walking and cycling infrastructure, to help repair our cracked paths, and for new and upgraded paths, bike lanes, lighting and signage;

— $600k for measures increasing pedestrian safety and amenity, including tripling the number of new crossings and 40km/h zones, and new ‘vulnerable road user’ laws and training for learner drivers;

— $500k to plan for Canberra’s first cycle highway, a direct, high-quality cycle path from Molonglo to the Parliamentary Triangle and Civic;

— $350k for a ‘Canberra Rides’ small grants program, to promote an everyday bike culture in Canberra;

— Upgrades to the ‘FixMyStreet’ service, including an app to let Canberrans use their smartphones to make suggestions about needed works;

— Review of planning codes to support active transport, including requiring all new streets to have footpaths and new developments to give priority to active transport through better streetscapes and more bike lanes.

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dpm 11:08 am 22 Aug 12

Innovation said :

Sigh. Would those people who truly support a bicycle registration scheme and aren’t just trolls please detail how it would work. I’m not an advocate but I’d genuinely like to read what you have to say.

I ride occasionally (not exclusively!) and would be happy to pay in some sort of scheme – if it would shut people up!
How about a voluntary scheme where you ‘donate’ to the Govt coffers (maybe $20-$50?) and simply get a sticker for your bike that says: ‘Yes, i’ve put in some money to use Govt-funded infrastructure. Find something else to complain about’.
It’d be worth it just to end this damn debate! Bring it on! 🙂

chewy14 10:55 am 22 Aug 12

BicycleCanberra said :

housebound said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

So where exactly is all this money coming from?

Been wondering the same thing. It’s not like they’ll actually hold the keys to treasury. We’ll have to wait for Labor or Liberals to see what these promises might come to.

Its about reallocating the Transport Budget to better reflect what Canberrans want. Already 3/4 goes to road infrastructure, so lets even it up a bit!

Um, do you really want to go down that path? Reallocating the transport budget to reflect what Canberrans actually want would probably mean a massive reduction in spending on cycling infrastructure.

But if you’re OK with it, then fair enough.

Intel70 10:37 am 22 Aug 12

Innovation said :

Sigh. Would those people who truly support a bicycle registration scheme and aren’t just trolls please detail how it would work. I’m not an advocate but I’d genuinely like to read what you have to say.

Absolutely! But only if we register all pedestrians too… pedestrian registration will provide funding for all pedestrian infrastructure. I’m sick of people getting out of their cars and walking the remaining couple of blocks to work, simply expecting pedestrian signals to be there. I’m sick of having to stop and wait for these people. I’ve paid for my right to use the road… they have not. I don’t care that they have a fully registered and paid for car at home or in a car park… they haven’t paid for registration for themselves… Why should I stop for them? Don’t go suggesting fully segregated pedestrian infrastructure and bridges at every intersection either… WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

Where do they think the money comes from now for current infrastructure? It’s an absolute farce. As someone who has a car park at work and at home, I’m sick of paying for pedestrian infrastructure that I never use.

Pedestrians are selfish, arrogant, always cross against red lights. We need registration plates on everyone out for a walk. I’m sick of people breaking the law when walking around… with no way of us normal, innocent motorists to report them. I don’t care if they’re just out for exercise, they should drive to the gym, pay for a membership, exercise in an air conditioned environment like everyone else.

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