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ACT Budget continues slow progress on footpaths
Has the Government deferred its walking, cycling and public transport targets?
What is the speed limit on a footpath?
Comments on Smart Cities due by 24 June
How many Canberra Streets have footpaths?
Pedestrian Crashes map?
Conservation Council update
Should Canberra's drivers give way to blind people?
Coming event

Government proposes to allow Segways on footpaths
ACT Community Road Safety Grants Program
Steady as she goes for cycling in ACT Budget – but where is the vision?
Funding for school children a great first step
Recent Canberra Times letters
$3.35 million for better playgrounds and parks across Canberra
How does a bike stay upright? Surprisingly, it’s NOT all in the mind
ACT Chief Health Officer's Report 2016
Is “pedestrian distraction” itself a distraction from the main issues?
Pedestrian accidents - distraction is a big issue
Push for 30kmph gains momentum, examples: Fitzroy, Brisbane, and Ireland.
Senate Inquiry into road safety in Australia fails us all
South Australia's recent laws allowing cyclists on footpaths leads to calls for bike registration.
Governments have invested billions in efforts to prevent obesity, yet …
NZ Safer Journeys Action Plan
Shared Mobility: Innovation for Liveable Cities
Living here will make you fat' - do we need a public health warning?
What makes low-SES areas ‘obesogenic’?
Supermarkets and shelf space
Green space effects vary
How can we reduce obesity in low-SES areas?
The (large) elephant in the room
Are pedestrians better judges of safety than traffic engineers?
Research recommends 2 minute walk for every hour you sit to combat sedentary lifestyle.
Active commuting and obesity in mid-life: cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank

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.