Belconnen Bikeway: under construction – still

Despite rumours, the Belconnen Bikeway is most definitely not finished and still under construction. The Your guide to cycling in Canberra TCCS map (January 2019) expected the bikeway to be finished last year. Something went wrong. With luck it will be open before summer 2020. 

What has been done

It is still a construction site and cyclists are not welcome yet.

No pedestrian access sign, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
No pedestrian access sign, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
No Pedestrian Access. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
No Pedestrian Access. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Blockout jersey barrier, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Blockout jersey barrier, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Detour sign. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Detour sign. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Detour sign. Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Detour sign. 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

Akman Drive end

Still a construction site. I presume the landscaping is still being finalised. The path certainly looks finished.

Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Construction site do not enter, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
No pedestrian access sign, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
No pedestrian access sign, Akman Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

Haydon Drive end

This section through the university is not as advanced as the Akman Drive end. On the other hand, the 500m section between Kirinari Street and Cooinda Street along College Street is open.

Bike only path, Haydon Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Bike only path, Haydon Drive. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

Overview of progress

Parts have been opened and over half of it is still behind fences and barriers, and off-limits to cyclists. The sections in green below are 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. See the announcement from this week on the Pedal Power ACT website.

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 get priority crossing 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 wonderful and 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)

  • 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 describes 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 great distance.

Filling the gap and building a cycling path to form a network does not need to be expensive and it is very worthwhile. The value of fixing the missing link far exceeds the construction costs as it makes the whole path network more attractive to cyclists.

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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