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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4025 ..


(4) Can the Minister provide information about the number of bicycles that are taken on bus racks over the past five years, broken down by (a) bus route, (b) peak time, (c) weekdays, and (d) weekends.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Light rail between Gungahlin and the City is operating and the new integrated public transport network has seen patronage increase, with around 5% growth in patronage on weekdays and approximately 30% growth in patronage on weekends. Many of these journeys are to work or education.

To help meet the growing demand and encourage even more Canberrans to use public transport, the Government is investing in new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant buses, building the new Woden Bus Depot, and pushing ahead with extending the light rail line to Woden.

The Government has invested strongly in cycling, walking and public transport interventions. Attachment A provides a list of key infrastructure, projects, programs and services delivered since 2015.

Infrastructure improvements have also been delivered around schools throughout the ACT to support walking and riding to school. The improvements have included new and improved crossings and footpaths, traffic calming measures like speed humps and refuge islands, and additional bike storage facilities. These improvements have helped to support independent student travel, which reduces car dependency and time constraints for parents who wish to walk, ride or catch public transport to work.

(2 and 3) In 2017, Transport Canberra and City Services undertook a Household Travel Survey to better understand how people travel across the whole day. A Household Travel Survey dashboard has been published on the Transport Canberra website. The dashboard allows the data to be broken down into mode, journey purpose, origin, destination and journey time: https://www.transport.act.gov.au/about-us/planning-for-the-future/household-travel-survey

(4) I am advised that Transport Canberra records some information about the number of bicycles carried on Transport Canberra bus services which falls within scope of this question.

However, this data is manually entered by bus drivers when customers board buses with a bicycle, and may understate the actual number of bicycles carried on Transport Canberra bus services.

Additionally, presenting the data as described in the question would result in many hundreds of pages of raw information being recorded in Hansard. This would not serve the public interest as it would be difficult for members or other stakeholders to understand and interpret this data.

For these reasons, I am happy to provide you with a briefing with Transport Canberra staff to provide answers to your questions more comprehensively and to discuss how to provide information about the number of bicycles carried on Transport Canberra bus services.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).



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