Cycling: Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan

Flemington Road Corridor

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan is found in the Territory Plan. Cycling in the Territory Plan is not mentioned all that often. Here are the extracts for Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan.

Comments

The planned north-south off-road bike path to the east of Flemington Road was never completed. This may be a single case or an example pointing to a tendency not only to leave bike paths for last but also to forget them and move on. The has defect has been found for the Concept Plans for Casey and Macgregor West.

The off-road cycle path parallel to Flemington Road (see dotted line) was never built, leaving a gap between the bike path at the top left and bottom right of the photo – right past both schools!

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
The off-road cycle path parallel to Flemington Road (see dotted line) was never built. Flemington Road Corridor. CyclOSM
Bike paths not built Flemington Road and Gungahlin Town Centre, enlargement of Figure E2 Proposed Cycle Lanes and Share Paths, Ten Year Master Plan Trunk Cycling and Walking Path Infrastructure, Roads ACT, 2004.
2004 ACT plan for a bike path that was never built parallel to Flemington Road to provide a connection between Gungahlin Town Centre and Civic, enlargement of Figure E2 Proposed Cycle Lanes and Share Paths, Ten Year Master Plan Trunk Cycling and Walking Path Infrastructure, Roads ACT, 2004.

Information box

John Gorton Drive arterial severs Molonglo Group Centre shops

We want arterials around suburbs and not through the centre of them. An arterial is a hard barrier that most pedestrians will not cross. For this reason, too, we do not want to have a shopping area spread out across an arterial, as is proposed for the Molonglo Group Centre.

The proposed CZ5 land on the western side of John Gorton Drive is not suitable for mixed use commercial due to the disconnection across an arterial road (John Gorton Drive). The failed spreading of commercial uses across Flemington Road should not be repeated in Canberra.

Submission to the Technical Amendment TA2022-01 Molonglo Group Centre and Surrounds Concept Plan by Capital Estate Developments, 6 May 2022.

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan

The Flemington Road Concept Plan for Pedestrian and Cycleway Networks in the Territory Plan (Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010) shows that an off-road cycle path between Gungahlin Town Centre, crossing Flemington Road, Mapleton Avenue and Nullarbor Avenue, but it was never built. The legend shows the proposed off-road cycleway as a dotted line (squares).

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan

Along Flemington Road itself, an off-road cycle path was never planned but rather an ITP/ light rail corridor (blue), bus routes (red) and on-road cycle lanes (yellow).

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan

The study area of the Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan is shown below.

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan
Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan

2.3 Objectives and Planning Principles

A number of key urban planning, transport, environmental and landscape Objectives and Planning Principles have been outlined to guide development along the Flemington Road corridor. These objectives and principles have been derived from contemporary best planning practice and existing planning policies relating to development in the Gungahlin Town Centre. They have all informed the preparation of the Indicative Development Plan
and the other drawings comprising the overall Concept Plan.

The Objectives and Planning Principles are as follows:
Flemington Road – Objectives

To implement the Objectives of the Sustainable Transport Plan including shifting the balance of travel from private vehicles towards greater use of walking, cycling, ‘Park and Ride’ facilities and public transport;

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan, page 4

2.4.11 Open Space Structure

The Concept Plan allows for the continuation of the Gungaderra Creek open space linking between Harrison and Franklin. The Indicative Development Plan allows dwellings to overlook the adjoining open space areas along the creek. The layout will ensure natural surveillance and encourage community use of the open space corridor.

The Concept Plan promotes the use of the open space areas for recreation and incorporates a proposed trunk cycleway along Gungaderra Creek. The provision of barbeque/picnic facilities within the open space is encouraged where areas are large
enough to accommodate these facilities.

Parallel parking spaces have been indicated adjacent to the Gungaderra Creek water quality pond on the eastern side of Flemington Road to provide convenient and safe community access to the pond.

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan, page 13

5.4 Natural and Cultural Heritage Areas (refer to Drawing No. 05/23)

A number of significant natural and cultural heritage features are visible from the subject site. These include:

Old Well Station Track – Old Well Station Track provides an important cultural trace of past rural and commercial practices. It provides an historical link to other heritage features within Franklin and adjacent estates. Its upgrading to a multi-purpose trail (walking and cycling) is consistent with the treatment of the track elsewhere along its length.

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan, page 30

5.6 Pedestrian and Cycle Network (refer to Drawing No. 05/27)

Flemington Road is proposed as a major cycle link between Civic and the Gungahlin Town Centre. Consequently sufficient on road cycling facilities should be incorporated into the road design to provide safe and convenient travel for cyclists along the corridor.

The Gungaderra Creek open space system has a major role in connecting trunk cycle networks in the Gungahlin area. It is proposed that the creek open space system will include a trunk cycle path and pedestrian link between Horse Park Drive and Gungahlin Drive linking Gungahlin residents to Civic and northern Canberra.

Old Well Station Track also traverses the study area at its northern end. It is understood that the track will be upgraded to a multi-purpose trail linking Gungahlin Place in the Town Centre to surrounding heritage sites.

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan, page 31

Regarding off-road cycle paths, we appear to be poor at building what is planned. Opportunities are unlikely to be followed.

5.13 Summary of Opportunities and Constraints and Structure Generators

5.13.1 Opportunities & Constraints

A consolidated review of the major opportunities and constraints identified during the site analysis stage is summarised below:

– Recognise the opportunity to continue established road, cycleway and pedestrian networks within adjacent suburbs across the site;

Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010. Territory Plan, page 33
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