Route options: CBR Cycle Routes C11, C1 and C7

200,000 people will soon live in Belconnen and Gungahlin, it is relatively flat, which gives the area great cycling potential. CBR Cycle Routes C11, C1 and C7 carve their way through the north, but not in ways that we would expect. Many grass reserves force the cyclist on huge detours. We still do not have a direct route between Belconnen and Mitchell. What are our options?

Austroads design guide for Walking and Cycling (AGRD06A)

Austroads has produced many good and useful standards. One of the best is Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling (AGRD06A). The ACT Active Travel Standards (MIS05) are compliment by the Austroads AGRD06A. The Austroads National Standard is more detailed than the ACT equivalent and complements the local standard.

Bollards or bother

To keep people out, build a fence. To keep cars out, build a vehicle restriction barrier such as bollards. Bollards are a hazard to cyclists and therefore unpopular. It is generally accepted, however, that cars will trespass on parks, nature reserves and bike paths unless a barrier is build to prohibit it. Poorly behaved minority of motorists are the cause, but the costs and inconvenienced is carried by everybody.

30 year history: cycle infrastructure in Belconnen

Belconnen Town Centre opened in the late 1970s. Over the last 40 years, we have had many plans to improve the cycle infrastructure but the progress has been slow. Here maps for the Belconnen district from 1992, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2022

18 years later and still not built!

We must remain sceptical of consultations. The consultation for (ACT) Ten Year Master Plan Trunk Cycling and Walking Path Infrastructure 2004, shows us that the recommendations have still not be implemented 18 years later. The process in 2004 has an eerie familiarity to the 2021 District Planning consultations.

Molonglo Valley Active Transport Routes

We do not yet have a master plan for active travel for the Molonglo Valley. What we do have is Molonglo 3 East Design Concept Plan which includes a proposed network of Main and Local Community Routes. From this we have constructed maps of the active transport options around 2041 when, hopefully, the majority of Molonglo 3 East is finished.

Many pieces moving but few immediate gains

If you are riding on a bumpy bike path, you would hope the bumps would be fixed in a few months or one or two years at the most. The politicians and government officials that make up our government will tell you to be patient, and they are working on it, but we have a discrepancy in the time frame. Cycle infrastructure projects in the ACT take 6-8 years to complete – two legislative terms.

IPCC Climate Change 2022 report

IPCC Climate Change 2022 report discusses amongst other things (in a 3000 page document) the importance of how we build our cities and the change to modes of transport can greatly increase our emissions as a society. Cycling has, apart from walking, the lowest emission of any transport mode. To make cycling for transport work, we need to build our city to support it. Here are highlights relating to these topics.

TCCS community path priority list

TCCS Path Priority List shows which paths will be fixed or built next. Before the ACT Legislative Assembly PTCS Committee, TCCS said that the list is worth little as it changes all the time. Our analysis found the rankings were remarkably stable. We compared two lists release via FOI on 2 March 2021 and 10 December 2021 (283 days later), and discovered almost NO CHANGE in 100 highest ranked projects. This makes TCCS statements seem disingenuous.