The Kuringa Drive bike path is under construction and is expected to be finished later this year, resulting in improved safety and travel times. The history of Kuringa Drive has been anything but brief, dragging on for most of the last decade, but finally, the end is in sight.
Update 31 December 2021 Kuringa Drive bike path
New Years is just hours away and Kuringa Drive cycle path has still not been opened. The ends were blocked and signed for pedestrians as closed. These obstructions were torn down again by frustrated pedestrians/cyclists. The Kuringa Drive cycle path was promised to be finished in the last electoral term. Over a year after the ACT Election, we are still waiting for the official opening. ACT Transport is slow, we know that, prone to make the same errors again and again. Here is yet another example of how cyclist left behind in the dust of motor vehicle priorities. ACT Transport have done little for cycling in 2021. Although, the intersection was sealed and opened in a single weekend in June, 6 months later cyclist are left to wait for the bike path to open. ACT Transport is really rather ordinary. 😦
Update 24 November 2021 Kuringa Drive bike path
With a year delay, the Kuringa Drive cycle path is finally here. An impatient cyclist has ridden down the tape to mark the lack of any official opening. The Kuringa Drive shortens the ride from West Belconnen to West Gungahlin by many kilometres. Consider the loop ride by Kuringa Drive, Horse Park Drive, and back to Gundaroo Drive.
Update 14 September 2021 Kuringa Drive bike path
The surfacing of the bike path has begun. The line marking will follow. After that the path will remain closed for some time while mysterious administrative business is finalised. At some point, a cyclist will become impatient and tear down the tape, unofficially opening the path. We can expect the official opening much later after that, if at all. This is the TCCS way. We should note, that 3 months after the intersection was finished, we still do not have a completed bike path.
Update 16 July 2021 Kuringa Drive intersection
The signalisation of Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive has been completed. The works crew has packed up and left. Unfortunately, the bike path along Kuringa Drive has yet to be completed. Hopefully, it will be finished soon.
Kuringa Drive connects Belconnen and Gungahlin. The missing link is only 1.3 km long along from Owen Dixon Drive to Barton Highway. Kuringa Drive is a narrow country road standard without cycling lanes in this section. Riding there is unsafe and likely to aggravate motorists.
The Kuringa Drive bikeway is under construction. The safety will be improved and travel time saved when the bikeway is finally finished late this year.
With the ACT Election, in 2020 the ACT Government finally decided to deliver on the promise of building a bikeway from the 2016 Election. This may be a pattern in the ACT Election, as the cycling commitments from the last election have faded into silence.
Canberra.bike has discussed Kuringa Drive several times. Read more here.
- 2021-02-15 2020-21 ACT Budget: details but nothing new
- 2020-10-12 Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive intersection: waiting since 2016
- 2020-09-22 ACT Labor’s cycling policy: 2020 ACT Election
- 2020-09-10 Kuringa Drive Owen Dixon Drive Intersection Tender
- 2020-07-01 Kuringa Drive missing link
- 2020-04-24 Pedal Power’s recommendations: ACT stimulus package
- 2020-04-24 Missing link: filling the gaps in bike networks
2004 Bike path on Kuringa drive
Kuringa Drive has a long history going back to 2004 and possibly earlier. At the Belconnen public consultation, 16 February 2004, for the (ACT) Ten Year Master Plan Trunk Cycling and Walking Path Infrastructure 2004, a bike path was requested along Kuringa Drive from Barton Highway to Tillyard Drive, Fraser.
18 years later, only half the length is completed between Barton Highway and Owen Dixon Drive. The section half is not currently planned between Kuringa Drive and Tillyard Drive. It took us 18 years to build 1.3 km of bike path.