The ACT Government has many Fast Track projects and of these, only a handful are of any benefit to the commuting cyclist. Hopefully – and we are really looking forward to it – we will see more to come. Here is what is currently on the list – mapped.
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The minimum width for a cycle path is 2.5m in the ACT, which is rather narrow, especially for two mountain bikes passing each other.
But wider paths, particularly on principal routes, would make a difference. The standard is 2.5 metres but three metres would be preferred on the principal cycling routes. ”For busy routes we should be looking at expanding them to four metres,” Mr Ross said, so a person riding a bike can pass walkers without ”freaking them out”. ”People still have to slow down and take care but it’s quite possible to have two people sharing a lane in both directions.” ”We want them to be fast transport corridors so people can get to work in a timely way and we want people to feel safe when they are walking so we need to make sure of that when we’re designing these things,” he said.
In “Fast Track program and CBR Cycle Routes“, canberra.bike listed those Fast Track projects that are compliant with ACT design standards. It is hard to know where these projects are. Maps help visualise the scale of the change, and aid in our data analysis.
We love Canberra, we love cycling, and we love positive change. Any improvements are exciting, and we are grateful for them.