Many of the problems we have with active travel are due to years and years and year of poor design. The Molonglo Valley is a good example. In Whitlam, the ACT Government is building a Local Community Route with a gradient of 12.4% which is not compliant with the Austroads Standards (AGRD06A).
The tender documents for this hill/park at Whitlam show the steep section of the path along the ridge, now called “Trunk Path 1 – Part A”. This ridge path was previously discussed in Pushing uphill in Whitlam part 1 and part 2.
From the roundabout, the bike path (Local Community Route) rises 24 m along a length of 208 m with an average gradient of 12.4%. In contrast, Austroads recommends only short sections above 5%! As discussed in Pushing uphill in Whitlam part 1, the active travel network is often flawed in its design. “Trunk Path 1 – Part A” is a good example of this poor design. The plans on the ACT Government tender website are removed when tenders close, but the landscape plan is attached below.
- Tender: SL200309
- Project: Whitlam Stage 2D 17-1289
- File: 17-1289 2D-L501 LANDSCAPE AND SETOUT
- Plan: 2D-L501.16 on page 16