Canberrans traverse the city daily for social, recreational, household and employment activities. Transport emissions contribute 60% to the ACT’s direct greenhouse emissions, primarily through the use of petrol and diesel vehicles. Our transport choices have a significant impact on our environment, the liveability of our city, and our productivity, health and wellbeing. We need to build a strong public transport network and enable active transport as a viable and attractive option for commuters, reduce emissions from use of cars, and transition to an electrified transport system, which can run on 100% renewable energy.
01. Establish a transport strategy for Canberra that drives down emissions while maintaining liveability and equity of access.
02. Legislate targets for all modes of transport that are consistent with emissions reduction targets, and which reflect a strong ambition to decrease car journeys, and increase active travel and public transport journeys.
03. Establish a Ministerial Advisory Council on Transport to advise the government and monitor the implementation of an integrated transport strategy.
04. Fund a network of separated cycleways across the city via an expanded annual capital works budget for new active travel infrastructure of at least $30m by 2022.
05. Fund an increase in the recurring annual maintenance budget for active travel infrastructure from $5m to at least $12m by 2023, with an additional $14m over 4 years to address the maintenance backlog.
06. Extend funding for the Slower Streets program that implements design changes in consultation with local residents that calm suburban streets.
07. Invest at least $4m per year towards community engagement programs that support and incentivise people to make sustainable transport choices.
08. Offer incentives to purchase electric bikes.
09. Continue to deliver an integrated light rail and bus network that delivers frequent and reliable service, enabling people to rely on public transport for work and personal travel.
10. Commit to all new buses running on 100% renewable energy, not fossil fuels.
11. Implement a package of incentives to encourage the purchase and use of electric vehicles ahead of petrol and diesel, utilising preferential parking options in residential and commercial / retail areas, road access privileges, and purchase rebates for non-luxury electric vehicles.
12. Provide parking and charging facilities at a neighbourhood level to support access to electric vehicles through carshare and rideshare schemes.
13. Mandate the inclusion of EV charging facilities in all new commercial and residential developments, including strata
title developments by 2021.
With a new ministry in place, Canberrans can continue to call on the government to step up for the future of our city. Our handy action guides will help you to take action.