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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3716 ..

Active transport—Her Way report

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (2.55): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government is committed to prioritising the use of public transport and active modes of travel to meet a range of policies, ambitions and commitments related to action on climate change by reducing transport emissions, improving the liveability of our city and promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing;

(b) construction works for Light Rail Stage 2 have commenced, and will bring significant traffic congestion and disruption for years to come, particularly for southside residents;

(c) a Disruption Taskforce has been established by the ACT Government to help address this and provide solutions to relieve commuter stress;

(d) the 2021-22 ACT Budget provided significant investments in active travel infrastructure across the ACT;

(e) on 20 October this year, the Federal Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, launched Australia’s first Cycling Economy Report and noted the importance of cycling as a mode of travel and for the Australian economy;

(f) Australia’s cycling industry sustains more than 34 000 jobs and contributed $6.3 billion to the economy in 2020;

(g) research shows that women are around two-thirds less likely to ride a bike than men and have different travel patterns and needs;

(h) there has never been a more important time to ensure greater uptake of public transport and active travel:

(i) we need to take action on climate change;

(ii) lack of physical activity is contributing to increased health costs;

(iii) petrol prices are rising; and

(iv) the COVID-19 lockdown has changed the way many people work, commute and live in their communities:

(A) there is an increased awareness of the need for social cohesion, community connectedness and safe, attractive suburbs and neighbourhoods, as well as support for local business; and

(B) our daily transport routes and modes is an important consideration as we establish new routines coming out of lockdown. The ACT Government’s 2021-22 Budget investment in flexi-hub workplaces is one example of this;

(i) Dr Paterson launched a discussion paper on 9 August 2021, calling on women in her electorate to comment on whether they would consider making greater use of public transport and active travel, and to outline barriers and constraints;

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