Page 2907 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition—ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Bridge paths—petition 2-18

By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 14 August 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 8 May 2018 concerning a dedicated bike path between Commonwealth and Kings Avenue bridges.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 8 May 2018 attaching petition No 2-18 from Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA regarding a dedicated bike path between Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue Bridges.

The walk around Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra’s most popular recreation areas and it’s great to see so many locals and tourists enjoying this space. The Central Basin route, which is affectionately known by locals as ‘Bridge to Bridge,’ can be very busy at various times during the day.

It’s a space for everyone to enjoy and as a shared space, there is a need for everyone to display courteous and safe behaviours. Cyclists should always slow down and sound their bell when passing pedestrians and all users should keep to the left.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is wholly responsible for the Central Basin loop and the ACT Government works closely with the NCA to ensure that walking and cycling infrastructure meets the needs of the community and that it is safe for all users.

The ACT Government is working with the NCA to explore capital upgrades to the highest need areas to improve safety and visitor experience.

There is an ongoing campaign to encourage all users to share the path. Key messages of this campaign include observing safe speeds, staying left, being visible and behaving predictably.

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