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Living Streets Canberra

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You can report obstructed footpaths or nature strips to Access Canberra.

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MAY news
Pedestrians and cyclists crossing against red signals
Our Submission on the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework
Cordon count results
Active Travel Advisory Group
Coming events
ACT budget to fund bike paths for town centres
Cyclist killed at Tharwa Drive/Mentone View roundabout
Community road safety grant applications now open
On Walk Safely to School Day, parents need to lead way on kids' health
New campaign to ‘activate’ one in two Canberrans
Transport consultation reveals Canberrans want more frequent services
Petition for path, pedestrian crossing and facilities in Page
Petition on safe cycle and pedestrian paths between Commonwealth and Kings Avenue bridges
How dads can help their daughters
Canberra Times letters
Pedestrian and cyclist level of service (LOS) at signalised intersections
Cycling and walking are short-changed when it comes to transport funding in Australia
Federal Parliament Inquiry into cities
Can Airbnb explain falls in dwelling occupancy in Melbourne and Sydney?
Australasian Road Safety Conference 3-5 October
Austroads Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool updated
Streets for Kids program launch (USA)
Safe Streets Academy demonstration projects hit the ground
Wheelmageddon” – the rise and stall of shared electric scooters
Cycling receives just 1% of total road funding
Reconnecting Somerville, MA with Transit

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 Access Canberra.
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. The footpath was built in July 2016 Click here for more information on the process.