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Maps of “strategic” Fast Track cycling infrastructure

The important Fast Track projects for cycling, visualised with OpenStreetMap.

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.

Ian Ross, CEO Pedal Power ACT, Path pressures: push for more data to improve network safety, Ian Bushnell, The RiotACT, 12 June 2020

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.

Woden, Weston Creek & Molonglo - project A: A new 700m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path on Cotter Road between Streeton Drive and the John Gorton Drive/Cotter Road intersection in Holder.
Woden, Weston Creek & Molonglo – project A: A new 700m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path on Cotter Road between Streeton Drive and the John Gorton Drive/Cotter Road intersection in Holder. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Palmerston, Gungahlin - project B: A new 508m long and 2.5m wide asphalt cycle path in the open space from the Nudurr Drive/Grampians Street intersection in Crace to the existing Palmerston cycle path that runs between the houses to Kosciuszko Avenue in Palmerston.
Palmerston, Gungahlin – project B: A new 508m long and 2.5m wide asphalt cycle path in the open space from the Nudurr Drive/Grampians Street intersection in Crace to the existing Palmerston cycle path that runs between the houses to Kosciuszko Avenue in Palmerston. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Nicholls, Gungahlin - project C: A new 280m long and 2.5m wide concrete footpath in the open space adjacent to Gungahlin Drive, along the floodway from the back of Dooland Court down to Lexcen Avenue in Nicholls.
Nicholls, Gungahlin – project C: A new 280m long and 2.5m wide concrete footpath in the open space adjacent to Gungahlin Drive, along the floodway from the back of Dooland Court down to Lexcen Avenue in Nicholls. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
O'Connor, Central Canberra - project D: A new 130m long and 3.5m wide concrete path in the open space adjacent to Hovea Street, linking Boronia Drive and MacArthur Avenue in O'Connor.
O’Connor, Central Canberra – project D: A new 130m long and 3.5m wide concrete path in the open space adjacent to Hovea Street, linking Boronia Drive and MacArthur Avenue in O’Connor. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
O'Connor, Central Canberra - project E: A new 200m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path on the north-western side of the open space in Jandura Park between Boronia Drive and Wattle Street in O'Connor.
O’Connor, Central Canberra – project E: A new 200m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path on the north-western side of the open space in Jandura Park between Boronia Drive and Wattle Street in O’Connor. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tuggeranong - project F: A new 820m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path alongside Drakeford Drive between the underpass adjacent to Singleton Crescent to the intersection of Erindale Drive and Soward Way in Oxley.
Tuggeranong – project F: A new 820m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path alongside Drakeford Drive between the underpass adjacent to Singleton Crescent to the intersection of Erindale Drive and Soward Way in Oxley. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
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