Active Travel investment 2019-2020: contracts valued $9.749 million

The TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report outlines the capital expenditure for the period between 2016-2022, and contract value for the 2019-2020 financial year. Capital expenditure on works is over multiple years, delays included. Capital expenditure on active travel is compared with road duplications.

Active travel – both cyclists and pedestrians

Active travel infrastructure includes narrow community paths unsuitable for cycling which are designed for pedestrians. Paths in Canberra are typically between 1.2 m to 3.5 m. The active travel standard for cycling mandates (MIS05) a minimum width of 2.5 m for retrofit and 3.5 m for greenfield developments.

The TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report bundles all the active travel investment into one basket, and it is generally not possible to tell if the path is wide enough to be useful for a cyclist. There are exceptions, such as the Belconnen Bikeway. The Belconnen Bikeway made up 64% of the contract value in this reporting year. As such, it may not be a typical year, as projects like the Belconnen Bikeway are rare, and it was an election year, which tends to loosen the purse strings.

Summary

Active travel contracts

  • Total contract value $9.749 million.
  • Cycle path contracts made up 71% (including Belconnen Bikeway) and safe schools infrastructure just 3%.
  • Cycle path contracts were valued at $6.9 million and safe schools infrastructure just $0.27 million.
  • The Belconnen Bikeway contract made up 64% of the total contract value this year.

Capital expenses

  • Active travel capital expenditure was $14.8 million and $172.3 million for duplications.
  • Of the total capital spend on road duplications together, active travel made up 8% and duplications 92%.
  • The total capital expenditure was $528 million for the projects in the annual report spanning multiple years.

Active travel contracts 2019-2020

Contracts are usually awarded by tender (with exceptions), and the TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report lists contract type, procurement type (services or consultancy), contractor name, contract amount, and execution date. It is not uncommon to contract a consultant to do the design and superintendence of the works. The work is broken into packages and contract to construction companies. The 2019-2020 period covers the start of the Fast Track program.

Percentage share spent on active travel contract of different types. Source data: Part 2C Government Contracting, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 265-285.
Amount ($millions) spent on active travel contract of different types. Source data: Part 2C Government Contracting, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 265-285.
projectexpenditure ($million)execution
Design Feasibility studies for part 3 of the active travel cycling network improvement project$0.14821.08.2019
Belconnen Bikeway Construction$6.21909.09.2019
Flemington Road Shared path construction stage 2$0.53004.11.2019
Active travel community paths 2019 Design and superintendence package 1$0.20121.11.2019
On-road cycling design services$0.56825.11.2019
Active travel safer walking and cycling around schools 1$0.12903.12.2019
Active travel community paths 2019 Design and superintendence package 2$0.11509.12.2019
Active travel safer walking and cycling around schools 2$0.14306.01.2020
Active travel age friendly suburbs 2018/2021 Package A$0.40106.05.2020
Active travel age friendly suburbs 2018/2021 Package B$0.33506.05.2020
Active travel age friendly suburbs 2018/2021 Package C$0.34306.05.2020
Active travel community paths Package 1$0.29009.06.2020
Active travel community paths Package 2$0.07709.06.2020
Active travel community paths Package 3$0.03909.06.2020
Active travel community paths Package 4$0.21109.06.2020
Part 2C Government Contracting, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 265.

Capital expenditure – active travel versus road duplications

Active travel and road duplications are at the opposite ends of the scale. Money spent on one does nothing for the other. Pedestrians and cyclists benefit from active travel, and duplications are to the benefit of drivers. Expenditure varies from year to year and really we should consider a comparison over multiple years, but in this case only the data in the TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report is considered. The projects in this report have start dates from 2016 or later, and will finish as late as 2022. They are listed in the TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report as they started, finished or are ongoing in the 2019-2020 financial year.

Percentage share spent on active travel compared to road duplications between 2016-2022. Source data: Part 2C Capital Works, Table 2.3 Capital works 209-2020, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 249-258.
Total amount ($000) spent on active travel compared to road duplications between 2016-2022. Source data: Part 2C Capital Works, Table 2.3 Capital works 209-2020, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 249-258.
typeprojectfinished monthfinished yearcapital (million)
active travelBelconnen Bikeway (consultancy)920180.3
active travelInfrastructure for schools and suburbs620201.5
active travelSafer walking and cycling around schools720201.2
active travelFootpath and cycleway upgrades520213.2
active travelBetter infrastructure and active travel620228.7
duplicationHorse Park Drive CRP920161.0
duplicationGundaroo Drive – Stage 112201831.2
duplicationCotter Road 9201826.1
duplicationAshley Drive – Stage 23201824.2
duplicationHorse Park Drive (Mulligans Flat)7201947.8
duplicationAikman Drive1020199.4
duplicationGundaroo Drive – Stage 212202025.4
duplicationMonaro Highway upgrade 21220201.8
duplicationWilliam Slim Drive120200.3
duplicationMonaro Highway upgrade 1620211.9
duplicationJohn Gorton Drive Bridge320211.1
duplicationPialligo Avenue620222.2
Source data: Part 2C Capital Works, Table 2.3 Capital works 209-2020, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 249-258.

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