Section 5.2 CBR Cycle Routes

Building a network of good cycle paths is not easy, but the ACT Government has a plan.

What is wrong with Whitlam Stage 2?

The active travel facilities planned for Whitlam Stage 2 fall short of expectations. As human behaviour follows infrastructure, this lack of future proofing active travel facilities is directly detrimental to achieving an increase in active travel in the ACT.

Language matters. Let’s do some definitional work!

Are you getting confused about the terminology of the Active Travel Routes Network? The ACT Active Travel Routes Network lingo is confusing. Here is a first change management attempt to clarify what it means.

Active Travel Streets: low-speed, low-volume, traffic calmed, retrofit

The older parts of Canberra are due for a rebuild, to make more space for people and easier and safer to get around. Active Travel Streets will be part of it. Active travel is reclaiming space for cyclists, walkers, joggers, people pushing prams and those using wheelchairs.

Standards define what is good: MIS05 and AGRD06A

The work describing what makes good cycle infrastructure has been done. The ACT active travel design standard is the Active Travel Facilities Design Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 (MIS05). The national standard for pedestrian and bike infrastructure is the Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling (AGRD06A).

Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline (PATACT)

For a strategy to be implemented, the vague ambition must be specified in detail. To plan and build a bike path, urban planning practitioners need a specification. An introduction to Planning for Active Travel in the ACT: Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline.

Section 5.5 The Active Infrastructure Practitioner is dated

“It is not intended to represent the facilities that currently exist on the routes, rather it shows the best alignments for human powered transport and recreation. …”

What is wrong with Molonglo 3 East?

A case study for Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study Project Brief and urban planning of new estates in the ACT. The failure to systematically integrate active travel principles in the planning process will most likely result in the missed potential to develop active travel facilities in the Whitlam and other new estate developments in Canberra.