Pedal Power’s recommendations: ACT stimulus package

Paths in the forest. Information or directional signage issues. Photo by James Wheeler from Pexel.com.

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 $’0002021-22 $’0002022-23 $’0002023-24 $’000Total $’000
Capital2,0008,0000010,000
Depreciation00133133266
Expenses00100300400
Net cost of services00233433666
2020-21 ACT Budget Outlook

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.

Description
Missing Links
Kambah / Wanniassa
Sulwood Dr east-west bike path connection between Drakeford Dr and Athllon Dr. **
Crossing Upgrades
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).
Missing Links
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).
Crossing Upgrades
Curtin
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).
East Belconnen
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. **
Belconnen
Benjamin Way Bikeway: funding has only been provided for design work. A financial commitment is required for the construction phase.
Belconnen
Kuringa Drive Belconnen – completion of works to deliver an off-road path between Barton Hwy and Owen Dixon Drive.
Path Upgrades
Civic
Sullivans Creek to Barry Dr crossing at Marcus Clarke St: upgrade the path and improve the crossing to allow more room for bikes.
Path Upgrades
Inner North, Civic
Sullivans Creek Path: complete the path widening not undertaken during the recent upgrade.
Separation Projects
Turner
Walker/cyclist separation project along McCaughey St between Masson St and Barry Drive. **
Missing Links
Tuggeranong
Improve connectivity to and around the Tuggeranong Town Centre- including establish connections to Anketell Street bike path at the southern end.
Crossing Upgrades
Kambah / Wanniassa
Improve crossing arrangement on the main north-south path at the Athllon Dr / Sulwood Dr roundabout (also borders the Murrumbidgee electorate)
Missing Links
Gungahlin
Construct cycling links to get into and around the Gungahlin Town Centre. The town centre’s existing cycling infrastructure is poor.
Ian Ross, CEO, Pedal Power ACT

** [This project was highlighted in the 2019 election campaign by the Federal ALP for joint funding with the ACT Government.]

Carge bike fit with a seat for two children. Pushys, Fyshwick, 2020

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