Jo Clay

ACT Greens MLA Jo Clay argues the Transport Minister’s active travel allocations don’t add up, with one fifth of the budget to go towards a sealed shoulder on the Monaro Highway. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT Greens say the government’s active travel budget allocations don’t add up, and more needs to be done to deliver a fit-for-purpose transport network across the city.

They argue spending a fifth of the active travel budget on a sealed highway shoulder on the Monaro Highway doesn’t add up to investing in dedicated cycle infrastructure.

Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel released the government’s draft active travel plan earlier this week, which outlined a series of infrastructure projects intended to make the streets safer for walking and cycling.

That plan, which includes a commitment to separated cycle paths is now out for community consultation.

And while that’s been welcomed by the Greens spokesperson for active travel Jo Clay, she thinks the government isn’t quite walking the walk on active travel just yet.

In particular, Ms Clay had concerns about the allocation of more than a fifth of the government’s recent active travel budget on a sealed highway shoulder on the Monaro Highway that can accommodate cycling.

She said this simply wasn’t dedicated cycle infrastructure.

“The Monaro Highway shoulder being considered active travel infrastructure is not in line with Australian Standards around safety and should not count as the single biggest part of our active travel spend,” Ms Clay argued.

“Along with the fact that few cyclists will want to share the road on a 100 km/h highway shoulder. Women have told us that they are particularly affected by the lack of safe active travel options in general around our city and have called for separate infrastructure.”

However, in a response to a question

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