Heysen Street to Woden Town Centre

The Heysen Street Link bike path will be extended to Woden Town Centre. Good news, after years of delays. The scope of projects may shrink after a grand vision, but Heysen Street Link has grown to something more. A happy end.

Heysen Street Link

Heysen Street shortens the ride from the new suburbs in Molonglo Valley / Weston Creek and Woden Valley. The road was of a “rural road standard” and a death trap for cyclists.

Heysen Street Link benefited from the 2020 Fast Track program. Heysen Street Link was slow to move forward but now has funding all the way to Woden.

  • Status update 11 October 2020: under construction.
  • Progress: currently still in an early stage of construction.
  • Visual appearance: The area is fenced off along its entire length and Heysen Street is closed for traffic.
Weston to Lyons along Heysen Street

Construction in 3 stages

The funding comes from different pots but should produce a route from Weston to Woden Town Centre.

Heysen Street Link, ACT Government, 12/10/2020

Stage One

  • Type: off-road shared path
  • Where: from the intersection of Devonport Street and Derwent Street, through the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve, along Heysen Street, ending at its intersection with Hilder Street.
  • Construction: August 2020 to late 2020
  • Funding: ACT Government $1.2 million

Stage Two

  • Type: off-road shared path
  • Where: from the underpass near the Lyons shops, along Launceston Street to Burnie Street.
  • Construction: late 2020 to early 2021
  • Funding: ACT Government’s Fast Track Program.

Stage Three

Heysen Street Link, ACT Government, 12/10/2020

Work in progress

Heysen Street has been closed for the period of construction and the bus service along this street has been temporarily suspended.

Weston end

Heysen Street closure at the roundabout, Weston.
The bike path on the right going up the hill. Heysen Street closure at the roundabout, Weston.

Lyons end

Heysen Street closure at Lyons end.
ACT Government sign. Heysen Street closure at Lyons end.
Notification of bus route changes (route 62). Heysen Street closure at Lyons end.
Bus stop. Heysen Street closure at Lyons end.
End of the path. Heysen Street at Lyons end.
Detour for residents. Heysen Street closure at Lyons end.

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.

Heysen Street missing link to Woden Town Centre
Heysen Street missing link to Woden Town Centre. Map: CBR Cycle Routes Current principal and main off road routes Version 9 TCCS

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