Why place a 10-metre buffer zone around footpaths and cyclepaths?
All community paths have been dog on-leash for years - the 10-metre buffer zone adds clarity to this rule. Previously, dog owners would walk on a path with their dog walking a metre or two beside them off-leash, which defeated the purpose of paths being dog on-leash.
Adding a buffer zone either side of community paths makes it clear that dogs are to be on-leash along our pathways so that all pedestrians and cyclists can feel safe moving about or city.
The ACT Government welcomes feedback on how these changes affect the community (both dog owners and non-dog owners alike) and is open to revisiting the 10-metre buffer zone to determine the best distance to protect pedestrians and cyclists on our community path network while also allowing room for dogs to exercise.