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(2) The ACT Government is committed to completing the main cycle route network identified as part of the cycle and pedestrian ten-year infrastructure masterplan. Funding for this will be included in future Capital Works Programs.

(3) The number of cyclists using arterial roads prior to on-road cycle lanes is difficult to assess as counters could not be installed without a separate lane. Counts of cyclists will be undertaken over the next year at a number of locations throughout the ACT to monitor increases in to the future.

(4) On-road cycling is not currently specifically identified on the complaints register and often forms part of a wider enquiry. For this reason I cannot provide you with an exact number of complaints received.

(5) Data on the association between a cyclist accident and use of an on-road cycle lane is not available.

(6) Yes, counts of cyclists using on-road cycle lanes will be undertaken over the next year at a number of locations throughout the ACT.

(7) There are no off-road cycle lanes in the ACT, all paths are shared with pedestrians and available for use by cyclists. In 2003-04 the total expenditure on community paths including new and existing paths was $3.32m and in 2004-05 is expected to be $4.03m. Existing paths are funded as part of the recurrent maintenance program with new paths funded as part of the Capital Works Program.

(8) The forecast figure for 2005-06, subject to the normal budgetary processes is $4.5m.

Bicycles—cycle path maintenance
(Question No 249)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 9 March 2005:

(1) How much funding has been provided in the ACT Government Budget in the last 3 financial years, including 2004-05, for repair and maintenance of off-road recreational/cycle paths;

(2) In each of these years, (a) how much has actually been expended for this purpose and (b) what areas of the off-road recreational/cycle path network were repaired or maintained;

(3) In what areas of the existing off-road recreational/cycle path network are significant repairs still needed;

(4) Is the ACT Government committed to maintaining these off-road recreational/cycle paths on an ongoing basis for the benefit of a wide range of users; if so, what are the Government’s plans for the future of this network; if not, why not.

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

(1) The budget funds the community path network, which includes footpaths, cyclepaths and pavements around shopping centres. In the ACT cyclists are permitted to ride on footpaths and cycle paths

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