Section 5.2 CBR Cycle Routes

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The official signed cycle routes between Canberra’s town centres are branded CBR Cycle Routes. What we see today is part of a large network of cycle routes, some have not been built yet or only in part. In the Active Travel Framework, the CBR Cycle Routes are known as Main Community Routes in the Active Travel Standards. Local Community Routes are planned within suburbs to schools and shops.

Background to the urban planning process is found here.

In the Active Travel Framework, the “CBR Cycle Routes” are known as Main Community Routes. Local Community Routes are planned within suburbs to schools and shops.

The online Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool shows you the existing and intended Main and Local Community Routes. It is an urban planning tool, “created to provide timely route information for planners, developers and facility designers.”

Issues with the Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool are discussed here.

The Plan

The CBR Cycle Routes are often seen on a “London Metro” styled map. Figure 5-1 is an enlargement of the map showing the CBR Cycle Route C5 between Coombs and the zoo.

CBR Cycle Routes enlargement C5 and C10, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool
Figure 5-1 CBR Cycle Routes enlargement C5 and C10, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

Currently, these are the routes planned.

CBR Cycle Routes index, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool
Figure 5-2 CBR Cycle Routes index, Building an integrated transport network active travel 2015, ACT Government, page 51.

The complete network of CBR Cycle Routes is shown in figure 5-3 from the active travel document Building an integrated transport network: active travel (2015). There are many different versions of this map. This version shows both existing and planned (future) routes.

CBR Cycle Routes, Building an integrated transport network active travel 2015, ACT Government.
Figure 5-3 CBR Cycle Routes, Building an integrated transport network active travel 2015, ACT Government, page 51.

The online tool

The Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool shows more than just routes and is derived from the ACT Government planning tool ACTmapi.

Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool https://activeinfrastructure.net.au/
Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

The community routes are a hierarchy of Principal, Main and Local Community Routes. As this is a planning tool, not all the paths currently exist. The tool includes the planning status: endorsed, intended and future. Endorsed plans are signed off, intended are likely to eventuate, and future, well,… who knows.

Community Routes, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool
Community Routes, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

Two further types, Accessible Pedestrian Routes (wheelchairs, no bikes) and On-Road Cycling Routes (cycle lanes), are worth mentioning.

Accessible Pedestrian Routes (no bikes) and On-Road Cycling Routes, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

“Destinations” in the Active Travel Framework are places we ride to, including shopping centres and schools.

Town and group centres, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool
Town and group centres, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

We need to ride across roads safely. A zebra crossing is laid out for pedestrians but can be used by cyclists (10 km/h). The priority crossing is found on Main Community Routes and bikes have the priority over cars.

active travel, ACT, Australia, Australia, Active Travel Facilities Design - Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05
Path Priority crossing of a local access street Location: Lyneham, ACT. Inset detail shows crossing area speed hump and ACT linemarking detail. Active Travel Facilities Design Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05, page 56
Lights, underpasses, zebra and priority crossing, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool
Lights, underpasses, zebra and priority crossing, Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool

Key documents

There are three important documents for active travel.

Cover of Building an Integrated Transport Network: Active Travel (aka. Active Travel Framework)
ACT Government, urban planning, ACT, Australia
The cover of Planning for Active Travel in the ACT: Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline
ACT Government, urban planning, ACT, Australia
The cover 2019 Active Travel Facilities Design Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05

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