ACT Urban development

Urban planning in the ACT is a very complicated and regulated process. In general, I think the ACT Government does a remarkably good job. We need good active travel infrastructure and to achieve that some und Urban planning in the ACT is a very complicated and regulated process. In general, I think the ACT GovernmentContinue reading “ACT Urban development”

Pushing uphill: case study of Whitlam active travel network

Observations and critique for the Whitlam Active Travel Network Main Community Routes: There are important Main Community Routes either side of Whitlam running north-south, but the utility of the routes will be reduced by the very high gradients traversing the deep river valley. Both Coppins Crossing to the east, and the other route to theContinue reading “Pushing uphill: case study of Whitlam active travel network”

Active travel between Whitlam and Denman Prospect

A case study of two independently planned developments that are of particular interest to active travel in the Monlonglo Valley.

Titbits: Cost of bike paths

Titbits: A series on the recommended design of cycle infrastructure in the ACT from the opaque world of the ACT and Australian Engineering Design standards. PART 2: Cost of bike paths Several different materials are used to build paths in Canberra, and I have always wondered about the cost of path construction. Preliminary estimates fromContinue reading “Titbits: Cost of bike paths”

Titbits: Path width recommendations

Titbits: A series on the recommend design of cycle infrastructure in the ACT from the opaque world of the ACT and Australian Engineering Design standards. The ACT cycle infrastructure falls short of what the design standards would suggest is required  PART 1: Path width recommendations How wide does a path need to be? Any cyclistContinue reading “Titbits: Path width recommendations”

Molonglo Valley stage 2 planning process

Profile of useful ACT Government documents for urban planning. Getting your head around urban planning in the ACT is not easy. The ACT Government has attempted to explain the process for the Molonglo Valley stage 2 development. It was part of the ACT Government community consultation. Unfortunately there is little information about this consultation apartContinue reading “Molonglo Valley stage 2 planning process”

Good and direct bike paths save time

The active travel infrastructure (facilities) are lagging in Coombs. Despite the Concept Plan being finalised in 2012 and the suburb established for several years, the active travel infrastructure is still not complete or sufficient. As the crow flies, Coombs and Belconnen are about the same distance from Civic centre, however, while commuting from Civic toContinue reading “Good and direct bike paths save time”

20-minute neighbourhoods

I recently read an article about about 20-minute neighbourhoods. This is an interesting urban planning idea to decentralise the population from the city centres by making the local area more liveable. I recommend reading the article. The concept is not about travel by car. It is about active transport (walking, cycling) and the use ofContinue reading “20-minute neighbourhoods”