ACT Election Announcements

Labor’s city-wide plan for active travel

October 03, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor government will invest in building and maintaining new shared paths, cycleways and upgraded footpaths across Canberra.

We will ensure Canberra has the right infrastructure and investment to support our community and promote active travel across the ACT. Importantly, only ACT Labor has committed to real projects that will actually deliver local jobs.

In Government, ACT Labor has a track record of building better footpaths and cycleways around Canberra, having completed over 20 kilometres of new paths in 2020 alone and 56 kilometres of new paths over the last term.

Our $15m active travel plan will include:

  • Design and construction of an off-road shared path along Sulwood Drive between Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive - $4.7m
  • A route planning study and start of construction on the Garden city cycle route, likely to start in Watson and continue Dickson, Ainslie and Braddon - $5m
  • The extension of the Belconnen bikeway from Haydon Drive to CIT Bruce to create over 5km of protected cycle paths through the Belco town centre - $1.2m
  • A feasibility study to widen the paths around Lake Ginninderra -$200,000
  • A route planning study to improve cycling connectivity in the Gungahlin Town Centre -$300,000
  • A feasibility study to construct an off-road cyclepath along Adelaide Avenue - Part of Light rail to Woden

ACT Labor also recognises that a sustainable and robust network of paths and cycleways requires significant investment in maintenance.

We understand the importance of maintaining our network, from patching cracks and addressing erosion to cleaning after weather events.

To ensure that all Canberrans can continue to enjoy our active travel network, a re-elected ACT Labor Government will invest more than $3.7m in cycle path maintenance.

In addition to the construction and maintenance of new cycleways, a re-elected ACT Labor Government will also enhance our policy framework to encourage active travel. These measures will include:

  • Adopting a Movement and Place Framework for Canberra
  • Considering new, best practice design for intersections that prioritise walking and cycling
  • Developing the CBR cycle routes network
  • Updating the Active Travel Framework

These projects are part of our plan to protect and create more than 250,000 local jobs by 2025 as Canberra recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only ACT Labor will deliver significant the upgrades, maintenance and policy settings to promote active travel across the ACT.