Belconnen Town Centre upgrades: do comment

Changes to the Belconnen Town Centre are afoot. Belconnen Town Centre Place Planning is a community design process and provides another opportunity to request bike infrastructure along Benjamin Way.

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Cycling infrastructure score: measuring progress

For the comparison of projects, we have developed a standardised scorecard. Over the years, it is easy to lose track of what is new, as the same projects get announced at media events again and again. The scorecard will permit a graphical representation of the delivery of cycling projects over time for multiple projects.

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Belconnen Bikeway during construction

Despite rumours, the Belconnen Bikeway is most definitely not finished and still under construction. The Your guide to cycling in Canberra TCCS map (January 2019) expected the bikeway to be finished. Something went wrong. It was open just before the Christmas 2020. 

Update 6 February 2021 Belconnen Bikeway

The construction along Emu Bank is completed. However, the construction of the section promised at the 2016 ACT Election along Benjamin Way has not yet begun.

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ACT active travel investment: what is enough?

Comparing the active travel pledges from the major parties at the 2020 ACT Election with historic benchmarks.

Last updated 7 October 2020

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ACT Labor’s cycling policy: 2020 ACT Election

ACT Labor never took cycling seriously at the 2020 ACT Election. Parties prioritise what is important to them and ACT Labor did waste a breath on cycling at this election. The ACT Labor Policy Position Statement was released early in the election and discussed here. Reading the cycling section creates a sense of déjà vu. It all seemed so familiar. Perhaps it is from the 2016 Election? However, COVID-19 was mentioned, so it must be 2020.

Last updated 7/10/2020

ACT Labor final made a statement “Labor’s city-wide plan for active travel” after the polls had opened. The offer is underwhelming. $20 million funding is not enough and considering their COVID-19 stimulus pot is worth $4,900 million, the $20 million offered for cycling is a rather insulting (0.4%).

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ACT’s bike infrastructure targets missed

Another indication of the troubles ACT Government has had with active travel comes from a report tabled earlier this year for the two financial years up until COVID-19. The active travel work was behind schedule.

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More roads and not much else

It is hard to imagine how much money we spend on roads. Here is a comparison of the investment in road improvement (duplications and widening) with other forms of transport. As cyclists, we are interested in bike paths but the light rail is included, too.

Approximately $1 billion has been committed to road duplications and widening in and around Canberra. $336 million for light rail but only $18 million to bicycle infrastructure. The EU would recommend $330 million for bicycle infrastructure in the ACT, based on their recommendation to invest 20% of the transport budget in bike infrastructure. In this week’s $4.9 billion announcement, Andrew Barr unfortunately did not even mention cycling. In other Australian cities, the sums spent on roads is even bigger: “The Australian and NSW Governments are investing $4.1 billion” in the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

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