The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) is inviting public input into a review currently being undertaken into the ACT’s cycling and pedestrian network as part of the Sustainable Transport Action Plan 2010-2016.
The review is aimed at determining future priorities for improving the network, particularly near the City, Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin town centres, as well as major employment centres such as Fyshwick, Hume, Mitchell, Barton/Parkes and the Canberra Airport.
The draft plans will be on display from Monday 9 November to Sunday 15 November 2009 at the following locations:
- Gungahlin Marketplace;
- Tuggeranong Hyperdome;
- Woden Westfield;
- Belconnen Westfield; and
- Canberra Centre Civic.
The draft plans will also be available to view at:
www.tams.act.gov.au (look under ‘Get Involved’).
The public comment period runs from Monday 9 November to Friday 4 December 2009.
Written comments on the draft plan may be submitted or posted to:
Russell Yell – Senior Transport Engineer
GPO Box 7217,
CPBC, Canberra ACT 2610
For further information please contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
From ABC Online (9 November 2009)
Path plans ‘don’t go far enough’
A Canberra pedestrian advocacy group has criticised the ACT Government’s plans for future footpaths saying they do not go far enough.
The Government is establishing priorities for future cycling and pedestrian infrastructure with draft plans on public display for the next four weeks.
Leon Arundell from the Canberra Pedestrian Forum says the plans show new trunk cycling routes outside town centres as well as a cycling link along Majura Road.
But he says there are no new footpaths in the suburbs where they are most needed.
“The only way we can get footpaths in the streets that don’t have them is by people looking at the plans and saying ‘well why aren’t you considering my street’,” he said.
“Because that’s the only way to really bring it to the Government’s attention.
Mr Arundell says the current situation is dangerous in some areas.
“Particularly the streets in Canberra that don’t have any footpaths where pedestrians – in many cases – can’t walk on nature strips because they’re obstructed by people’s extended gardens or by illegally parked cars,” he said.
“So they end up having to walk along the street into the face of the oncoming cars.”