This is the first update of the list of strategic path projects from the official Fast Track website. Of the “$25 million program” announced on 11/6/2020 very little has been allocated to new strategic path projects. The regular updated of new projects 10 days after the previous post.
This is an older post. For more recent posts see here.
There are few new strategic path projects despite the big annoucement. Sharing a narrow path with a pedestrian – especially when elderly – is problematic. This makes them of little use for the commuting cyclist.
What is strategic?
A strategic path project conforms to the ACT Government’s own active travel infrastructure standards. The most obvious change from the old way of building things is path width. With many more people using the paths they need to be wider. Width is a strategic factor. The minimum retrofit path width is 2.5m.
The list of Fast Track projects has been shortened to those with at least a minimum retrofit path width. Paths 2.5m or wider are included in the strategic Fast Track list.
Strategic Fast Track
The updated list of new projects 10 days after the last post. Not much new here. 161m of paths have been added.
- A new 64m long and 2.5m wide concrete path on Southern Cross Drive connecting to bus stop 5028 (after Ratcliffe Street) in Florey.
- A new 47m long and 2.5m wide asphalt path along the existing desire line from Bagot Street to the off-road network along Sullivan’s Creek in O’Connor.
- A new 10m long and 3m wide asphalt link on Canberra Avenue to the existing on-road cycle lane on the western side of Canberra Avenue 200m south of Norse Road in Beard, Gungahlin.
- Extension of the existing path on Anthony Rolfe Avenue from the Eva West intersection to the Manning Clark Crescent intersection in Gungahlin. The new connection will be concrete and 40m long and 2m wide.
Woden, Weston Creek & Molonglo
Problems with narrow paths
A 2m path is barely wide enough for two bikes to pass without pedestrian use. It’s especially tricky for mountain bikes with wide handlebars. As we all know, these are getting more popular in Canberra to make up for the rough path surfaces, and to be able to cope with the gaps in the paths network. The 1.5m paths (some 1m) found in older suburbs are plain inadequate. Two bikes cannot pass on these without one going on the grass. Sharing a narrow path with a pedestrian – especially when elderly – is problematic. This makes them of little use for the commuting cyclist.
What makes a good path?
Read what is or makes good cycling infrastructure.