CBR Cycle Route C10: Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway

The C10 Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway (CBR Cycle Route C10) would make commuting between Coombs and Civic faster and also improve the Molonglo Valley network. Four routes are compared: three already exist and one is new – the C10. CBR Cycle Route C10 is the best.

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A plan is as good as its execution

There does not appear to be a lack of ideas for a better cycle network for Canberra, but we have poor performance building them. The recent Fast Track program demonstrated this. The paths that were built were mostly below the minimum standard for cycling and unfortunately did not form networks.

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Taking stock on community paths

The ACT standards have a minimum path width of 2.5m. The reality is that many of the community paths are much narrower than this. Only 19% of the paths in the ACT are 2.5m or wider (strategic paths). The most common path width is 1.2m and makes up 54% of the 3106km in the ACT. Many suburban streets, however, have no paths at all on the verge and pedestrians walk on the road, which is also often safer for the elderly due to lack of path maintenance.

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CBR cycling: we have a plan

The “CBR Cycle Routes” are a network of cycle routes between Canberra’s town centres. They do not all exist yet, and if people do not know about them, they almost certainly never will. Cycle paths are not built without community support.

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Language matters. Let’s do some definitional work!

Are you getting confused about the terminology of the Active Travel Routes Network?

Having studied several languages, I have learned early on that nothing is more personal than the words we choose to use. Nothing else is also more divisive and confusing in our day to day communication. (As a side note, if you like to read a fantastic book about the English language that confirms my sentiment, check out Bill Bryson’s book The Mother Tongue.)

So, let’s try and clarify what all this confusing lingo in the ACT active travel guidelines means for us.

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Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline (PATACT)

An introduction to Planning for Active Travel in the ACT: Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline (ACT Government, January 2019).

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Finding the right route

We rely on directional signage to find our way around Canberra, which has improved, but there will always be the need for navigation. OpenStreetMap is the best cycling map for Canberra. Finding the best route with digital maps and GPS technology can be a great aid for biking and active travel.

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