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Should Segways be allowed on footpaths?
How many Canberra Streets have footpaths?
Pedestrian Crashes map?
Is there a speed limit for bicycles on footpaths
Does Roads ACT care about pedestrian safety?
Government contemplates its commitment to 10.5% of commuters onto buses by 2016
Conservation Council update
Coming events

Government proposes to allow Segways on footpaths
Residents call for ACT Auditor-General to investigate Isaacs Ridge trail upgrades
Narrow path along Lake Burley Griffin sparks rage between cyclists and pedestrians
Public transport survey attracts nearly 1,900 responses so far
Love or loathe Canberra's public transport system? Now's your chance to have your say

$2 million for active travel to keep children healthy and safe
Canberra Times letters
NRMA disputes that texting is more dangerous than phoning
Work to begin on inner south road safety measures
NRMA disputes spot fines for drink driving
Aspects of Road Safety in Australia interim report
Walking and cycling tracks should be part of all new road and rail projects
Peril on the pavements as plague of speeding scooters brings injury and death
Billion-dollar funding injection aims to reduce Victorian road toll
Electric cars in bus lanes - silent killers? [NZ]
Road rage igniting on clogged streets around Melbourne schools
Senate committee recommends review of mandatory bike helmet laws
Straight to Recording For All: Understanding Pedestrian Behaviors and Traffic Controls at Signalized Crosswalks for Safety Improvement
Finnish news: authorities considering doing away with cycle helmet requirement

We estimate that three in ten local Canberra streets has no footpaths, and that Canberra's network of on-road cycle lanes, off-road shared community paths and footpaths reaches only half of Canberra homes.

If the nature strip is obstructed, if the grass is too wet to walk on, or if the wheels of a baby stroller won't roll over the grass, you may walk along the street facing oncoming traffic that does not have to give way to you. Vertical kerbs make it difficult to move a baby stroller out of the way of an approaching vehicle. After 40 years, the ACT Government agreed to put a footpath along the Campbell street shown above. According to the 2012 ACT Budget, the ACT Government will cease funding footpath construction and maintenance from 2013.

You can make your nature strip a beautiful place for your neighbours to walk, by complying with the following ACT Government requirements:

For more information, see the ACT Government's Territory and Municipal Services Nature strips and rain gardens page.

Management of nature strips is controlled under Section 19 of the Public Unleased Land Act 2013.

Does your street need a footpath? Send an online request through Canberra Connect.
Please also send us an email to let us know that you have made a request, and so that we can put you in contact with other people who want a footpath in your street.

To find out how the process works, we submitted a footpath request on 1 February 2010. Click here to check our progress.