Submission: Draft Design Guide for ACT Active Travel Plan
2 June 2023
ACTCOSS made a submission to the ACT Government’s draft Design Guide for the draft ACT Active Travel Plan. ACTCOSS supports the implementation of the Active Travel Plan and Design Guide. Full and proper implementation of active travel infrastructure could be a key mechanism for reducing the cost of living in Canberra and improving transport equity. However, there are some accessibility concerns that must be considered. The ACT Government should invest in infrastructure that makes it easy and safe for people to cycle. For Canberra to become an accessible, walkable and cycle friendly city, it is essential that planning involves broad improvements to footpath access, design and maintenance that is inclusive of people with all levels of mobility and support requirements. If we want to alleviate the cost of living, address climate change, improve our health and strive for transport equity, ensuring we build and maintain an accessible and cycle friendly city is essential.