SMEC: East West Arterial / C10 City to Molonglo Cycleway

The Molonglo Valley has two arterial road corridors, one running east to west and the other north to south. The North South Arterial has been named John Gorton Drive. The East West Arterial (EWA) has yet to be named and expected to be completed before 2041. The East West Arterial includes a bridge over the Molonglo River and a new East West Arterial / Tuggeranong Parkway Interchange. The route is decided and traffic studies are underway.

FOI 20-030 ACT Strategic Cycling Network Plan August 2012

Separation between car and cyclist are the key to cyclist safety and encourage cycling. Only off road cycle paths meet this requirement. The report prepared for the ACT Government back in 2012 by Spackman Mossop Michaels makes clear that cycle lanes are a mistake. Furthermore, comparison of the 2011 ACT Strategic Cycle Network Plan shows that very little progress has been made building the cycling network in a decade. Cause for concern.

Recap of cycling priorities

So many things need to be done to improve cycling in Canberra. The little money available for cycling should be spent where it is needed most. This means that we focus the investment on the top priorities first.

Section 6.6 Territory Plan: outdated and incomplete

Considering the Territory Plan is a statutory document and the rule book for development in the ACT, one would expect the information contained in it is correct. Unfortunately, our trust in the Territory Plan is misplaced. The Territory Plan is often outdated and misleading.

Gradients in Molonglo 3: cycling from John Gorton Drive Bridge

Bicycles are arguably the most efficient machine ever invented, however, everything has its limits. A 30m section of steep path is all that is required to bring a cyclist to a stop. Pushing a bike up steep paths is not popular amongst cyclists. Better is to build the paths so that they are never so steep to become unrideable. Austroads Standards tell us how. Hilly terrain requires careful route and path design.

Section 2.1 The UK approach to network design

We cannot make a baby without a baby-making machine.

Kama Reserve: much loved

Kama is a nature reserve on the Molonglo River. Beautiful but somehow forgotten, it will be much loved by the residents of Whitlam. This was the first post on the Kama Reserve. At the time, cycling was permitted, but this has changed. The Molonglo River Reserve: Reserve Management Plan 2019 (26 July 2019) states that it is permitted (read more here and below). There is no reason given for any change by ACT Environment.

Belconnen to Coombs via Butters Bridge

A direct off-road bike path south from Belconnen via Whitlam to Denman Prospect is missing. Good bike routes are direct. Riding to Coombs from Belconnen is anything but that. Butters Bridge was originally proposed for bikes. Currently, we are sitting it out until John Gorton Drive Bridge is completed.