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 rideable bike path with a gradient of 12.4% (208m, climb 24m). This is not compliant with the Austroads Standards (AGRD06A) – and only determined and athletic types will love it.
The problem remains: we continue to build cycle paths that are not suitable for the average cyclist (Austroads recommendations).
The tender documents for this hill/park at Whitlam have been released. The steep section of the path discussed in the article Pushing Uphill has been released for tender and is called “Trunk Path 1 – Part A”.
From the roundabout, the bike path (community route) rises 24m and 208m of this section has a gradient of 12.4%. Austroads recommends only short sections above 5%! As discussed in my original article, the active travel network is often flawed in its design. This is a good example. The plans are found on the ACT Government tender website.
- Tender: SL200309
- Project: Whitlam Stage 2D 17-1289
- File: 17-1289 2D-L501 LANDSCAPE AND SETOUT
- Plan: 2D-L501.16 on page 16