The Territory Plan is part of the reason why good, fast cycling infrastructure between town centres for commuting cyclists – cycle highways – has not been and is not likely to be built. The ACT planning has been critiqued for hampering innovation. The comment, while likely directed at urban architecture, is still true for urban planning and design. Cycle highways are not possible without inclusion in statutory documents, such as the Territory Plan.
Belconnen Town Centre has been trialling 40 km/h zones for over two years. The rollout to other town centre is causing confusion as commuters notice the changes.
The planning mechanism has systemic weakness. The Territory Plan shows that cycle paths are planned but not built. The Territory Plan is a statutory document.
Structure plans are different to concept plans, but it may not be obvious. Cycling is not mentioned much in the Territory Plan. Here are extracts from the North Gungahlin Structure Plan.
Casey Concept Plan is found in the Territory Plan. Cycling in the Territory Plan is not mentioned all that often. Here are the extracts for Casey.
Kuringa Drive has long been a missing link between West Belconnen and West Gungahlin. Building a path along Kuringa Drive was an ACT Labor 2016 Election pledge. The design work is finally completed and gone out to tender.
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground is the official name of a place that should be called, with a little mystery, The Castle. The ramparts have collapsed to mounds around a courtyard filled with treasures. Enter across the drawbridge under the tower and discover the secrets.
A play space in Gungahlin that is beautifully done. This area is flat and the bike infrastructure is good. One of the successes of urban planning in Gungahlin is certainly the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. It is also known as “Move at Moncrief”.
A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond. A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond.