The ACT Projects Pipeline gives you and idea what the ACT Government (Major Projects Canberra) thinks will be coming up. For cycling there is not much new here, except the 2022 ACT Household Travel Survey has officially started, 5 years after the last survey. Good news.
TCCS is in crisis. The process of traffic planning/modelling and penible public accountability has grown from the context where every dollar counts and changes are incremental. In the era of climate change and tipping points, we are racing to transform to a low carbon economy. Transport makes up 60% of the emissions in the ACT and needs to be addressed urgently. The rapid change requires a different approach to decision-making that is more flexible and weighted toward future expectations and political expediency. We need an agile approach (as opposed to waterfall) for transport planing at this time.
Most people would not regard traffic engineering as sexy. Our memories of a visit to the zoo is full of cuddly animals and not the cafeteria or toilets. That does not mean the cafeteria and toilets are unimportant. We take the infrastructure in the city for granted. TCCS is a traditional organisation with traditional ways. The last legislative term was noticeable for the absence of cycle infrastructure. The Commonwealth Bridge crisis, is changing TCCS but it is a painful and slow process. The outsourcing of the light rail planning may be symptomatic that they struggle with new ways.
On the 32nd anniversary of the first day of sitting of the Legislative Assembly, Active travel was discussed during question time. This time the topic was Gungahlin town centre. Below active travel in the hansard from 11 May 2021.