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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4070 ..


centre we are investing in route planning to identify missing links and issues of safety concern in the shared path network with a study. This will complement the travel modelling we are also undertaking in the town centre and will inform future infrastructure investments. These investments demonstrate that the government is committed to taking real action to make our city more connected and sustainable for generations to come.

DR PATERSON: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Dr Paterson.

DR PATERSON: Minister, how can we encourage more Canberrans to take up active travel?

MR STEEL: I thank Dr Paterson for her question and note her interest in this with her recent Her Way report. We know that, when it comes to deciding whether people walk or cycle, two of the most important things that people consider are safety and convenience. We are making it safer to hop on a bike through our upgrades to cycle crossings across the city, like the new priority crossings at Loftus and Schlich streets in Yarralumla, in my electorate, and also along Theodore Street and Melrose Drive in Woden. We have also recently delivered a protected cycleway through the Woden town centre to separate cyclists from motorists and help them feel safer when moving through this very busy and growing precinct.

Madam Speaker, we also know that convenience is a big factor in deciding whether to cycle to work, to go shopping or to go to social commitments. That is why we have been investing in bike storage facilities, like bike and rides near the ANU. Our bike and rides help people to use active travel and public transport in the one journey easily and conveniently. We have also just announced that we are going to put three bike cages into the new Woden CIT and bus interchange precinct.

We recognise that not everyone wants to or is able to commute a long distance on a bike, but they might be able to use their bike in their local area. That is really important. To support that we are making sure that we invest in both new trunk paths that connect different regions of Canberra and also those local connections with our town centres. For example, recent upgrades in Tuggeranong, Woden and Belconnen are helping Canberrans to make these shorter trips. I am really looking forward to the Tuggeranong upgrades being completed in your electorate, Madam Speaker, down on Anketell Street and Soward Way.

Access Canberra—services

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Business Better Regulation. We have been contacted by a constituent who moved to Canberra from Melbourne earlier this year. His Victorian drivers licence was due to expire in October, so he contacted Access Canberra ahead of time about transferring it to the ACT. Access Canberra advised that due to lockdown nothing could be done and he would have to go without a licence. The constituent then contacted VicRoads. Victoria was also in lockdown at this time. Within one week he had a new 10-year Victorian drivers licence with a


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