Belconnen Bikeway during construction

Construction site do not enter, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

The Belconnen Bikeway has come a long way but was not finished before the 2020 ACT Election, despite having been promised at the election four years before that. Your guide to cycling in Canberra TCCS map (January 2019) shows that the bikeway had been expected to be finished well before the election.


Update 6 February 2021 Belconnen Bikeway

The construction along Emu Bank was completed just before the Christmas 2020. However, the construction of the section promised at the 2016 ACT Election along Benjamin Way has not yet begun.


Parts of the Belconnen Bikeway had been opened 2020 but over half of it was still behind fences and barriers, and off-limits to cyclists. The sections in green below were open, in orange still a construction area and closed off. The cycle path, shown in red, along Benjamin Way was promised back at the 2016 Election but is still in the design phase with no certain funding. Benjamin Way was not mentioned as an ACT Labor pledge for the 2020 ACT Election either.

Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

Priority crossings

All CBR Cycle Routes (both Principal Cycle Routes and Main Cycle Routes) should be made priority crossings on all but major streets where the intersection is likely to be signalised (traffic lights). The CBR Cycle Routes are currently being signed. They will be easier to identify in the future.

Both entrance roads to the University of Canberra off College Street have now priority crossings. Hopefully, we will see these CBR Cycle Route C5 signs where the path crosses Redfern Street and Lyttleton Crescent, too.

Priority crossings are not just wonderful but also have great symbolic value and therefore serve as community education tools. They signal top down buy-in and visble sponsorship support. You can read more about them here.

Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
The word ONLY is important. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

Belconnen Bikeway (C3)

Update 6 February 2021 Belconnen Bikeway

The construction along Emu Bank was completed just before the Christmas 2020. However, the construction of the section promised at the 2016 ACT Election along Benjamin Way has not yet begun.

  • Status update 11 October 2020: under construction.
  • Opened: 1.6 km from Florey to Westfield and 0.5km between Kirinari Street and Cooinda Street along College Street. In total 2.1 km is opened from 4.7 km complete length.
  • Visual appearance: Mostly paved and marked but fenced off for most of its length. Only two short sections are open.
  • Scope: Benjamin Way was promised and now has been removed from the project. It may be in planning but there is no evidence of this.

The ACT Government has begun with the construction of the Belconnen Bikeway and discuss here in more detail.

Missing links

Missing links describe gaps in the cycling network and those gaps can be quite short. Adding another 100 m of path, connecting two other bike paths, makes a network. Without this short link, a cyclist may need to ride a much greater distance.

Filling the gap and building a cycling path to form a network does not need to be expensive but it adds a lot of value to the stakeholder. The benefit of fixing the missing link far exceeds the construction costs as it makes the whole path network more attractive to cyclists. More people exercising = more people engaging in healthy habits!

ACT Labor promised to build several missing links at the 2016 ACT Election. There are many missing links in the ACT cycling network.

ACT Labor 2016 Election Belconnen Bikeway
ACT Labor 2016 Election Belconnen Bikeway

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