The 2021 Estimates for ACT Transport were held before the Standing Committee On Planning, Transport And City Services on the 4 March 2021. The significance of Freedom of Information request (FOI) 21-023 is that it provides more detail information than the Transcript Of Evidence from the 2021 Estimates. This is a subtle but important difference. The notes include interesting information about Belconnen Bikeway and more.
For a few years now, the ACT strategies have promoted a Movement and Place Framework. The idea, best shown in pictures, is difficult to put into practice, as it presumes the ACT Planning and Transport directorates work together.
Back in March 2021, just a few months after the Belconnen Bikeway was finished, it was dug up again. The wound lay open awaiting repairs. All July 2021 the path has been dug up and blocked again. Unlike roads, bike paths can be blocked with little consequence.
An effort to make the heart of Belconnen Town Centre better for people with parks, facilities and pedestrian and cycle paths. The report’s name is misleading, but the idea is great, particularly for Belconnen cyclists.
Changes to the Belconnen Town Centre are afoot. The urban planning review for Belconnen foreshores started in December 2020. The urban space around Westfield will be made a nicer place for people – creating place. Further information on YourSay. Getting good bike paths past Westfield in Belconnen have to be a priority.
The Belconnen Bikeway has come a long way but was not finished before the 2020 ACT Election, despite having been promised at the election four years before that. Your guide to cycling in Canberra TCCS map (January 2019) shows that the bikeway had been expected to be finished well before the election.
The construction of the Belconnen Bikeway started last year and some progress has been made. The separated bike and pedestrian paths along the old bus road are finished but not open. Construction has started on Emu Bank. The section through the University of Canberra is largely finished.
Canberra Arts Centre is finished and the new Belconnen Bikeway underway, however, we are not out of the woods yet. The bigger issue is reduced project scope. When we first hear of projects they can sound quite grand. After the initial first planning phase, they seem a little less ambitious.