Pedal Power ACT made a submission for bike infrastructure to the ACT Budget. A reminder was sent to the ACT Government in March 2020 after the announcement of a COVID-19 stimulus package.
Many of the projects in this submission would already be known to the ACT Government, as they were promised funding at the last Federal Election by a future Federal Labor government. Among the remainder are found promises from the last ACT election. Pedal Power ACT is notable as it has been consistently requesting the completion of the same projects. A project can be discussed for years before it is planned or built, and government commitment means little. The Kuringa Drive bike path between Barton Highway to Kingsford Smith Dr is a good example of this.
Update 9 April 2021 Kuringa Drive
The work on the upgrade of the Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive intersection has begun. Expect delays. The works include a bike path along Kuringa Drive. 🙂
Update 6 February 2021 Belconnen Bikeway
The construction along Emu Bank is completed. However, the construction of the section promised at the 2016 ACT Election along Benjamin Way has not yet begun.
Update 6 February 2021 Kuringa Drive
The sign announcing the project remains since the ACT Election but the construction work has not yet begun.
Upgrading an intersection on Owen Dixon Drive – 2020-21 ACT Budget Outlook
|2020-21 $’000||2021-22 $’000||2022-23 $’000||2023-24 $’000||Total $’000|
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The Government will further improve the north-south arterial road, between the Barton Highway and Ginninderra Drive by including a signalised intersection at Owen Dixon Drive.
Kambah / Wanniassa
Sulwood Dr east-west bike path connection between Drakeford Dr and Athllon Dr. **
Kambah / Wanniassa
Sulwood Dr & Athllon Dr roundabout – develop a safer crossing arrangement on this major north/south bike path into/out of Tuggeranong (location also borders Brindabella electorate).
Woden / Cooleman Crt
Improve linkages between main paths and town/group centres: (for example, the new separated bike path in front of the Woden Hellenic Club does not connect to Woden Town Centre. The path terminates at Bowes St pedestrian crossing with no signage or path markings to indicate how to continue riding or walking to the Woden Town Centre).
The main north-south path where it crosses Theodore St at Melrose Dr.
|Civic to Woden|
Yarra Glen and Adelaide Ave: construct separated cycleways within the road/rail corridor (undertake early planning for active travel arrangements in the context of Light Rail Stage 2 – Civic to Woden).
Belconnen Bikeway: complete Hayden Dr works as originally planned with connection via Battye St to trunk path behind AIS stadium. And a link to Bruce from College St. **
Benjamin Way Bikeway: funding has only been provided for design work. A financial commitment is required for the construction phase.
Kuringa Drive Belconnen – completion of works to deliver an off-road path between Barton Hwy and Owen Dixon Drive.
Sullivans Creek to Barry Dr crossing at Marcus Clarke St: upgrade the path and improve the crossing to allow more room for bikes.
Inner North, Civic
Sullivans Creek Path: complete the path widening not undertaken during the recent upgrade.
Walker/cyclist separation project along McCaughey St between Masson St and Barry Drive. **
Improve connectivity to and around the Tuggeranong Town Centre- including establish connections to Anketell Street bike path at the southern end.
Kambah / Wanniassa
Improve crossing arrangement on the main north-south path at the Athllon Dr / Sulwood Dr roundabout (also borders the Murrumbidgee electorate)
Construct cycling links to get into and around the Gungahlin Town Centre. The town centre’s existing cycling infrastructure is poor.
** [This project was highlighted in the 2019 election campaign by the Federal ALP for joint funding with the ACT Government.]