The Heysen Street Link is popular with cyclists and runs along Heysen, Devonport and Launceston Street. If you have not been there yet, take a look at Heysen Street. Photos of the route and a video from the ACT Government.
For the comparison of projects, we have developed a standardised scorecard. Over the years, it is easy to lose track of what is new, as the same projects get announced at media events again and again. The scorecard will permit a graphical representation of the delivery of cycling projects over time for multiple projects.
The Heysen Street Link bike path will be extended to Woden Town Centre. Good news, after years of delays. The scope of projects often shrinks after grand announcements, but Heysen Street Link has grown to something more. A happy end.
If we want to get the job done, how much is really enough? Comparing the active travel pledges from the major parties at the 2020 ACT Election with historic benchmarks.
ACT Labor never took cycling seriously at the 2020 ACT Election. Parties prioritise what is important to them and ACT Labor did waste a breath on cycling. The ACT Labor Policy Position Statement was released early in the election and discussed here. Reading the cycling section creates a sense of déjà vu. It all seemed so familiar. Perhaps it is from the 2016 Election?
So much money is spent on roads. Here is a comparison of the investment in road improvement (duplications and widening) with other forms of transport. As cyclists, we are interested in bike paths but the light rail is included, too.
The 2020-21 ACT Budget was postponed and release early 2021. In general, the investment in active travel infrastructure in the ACT is not well documented. Canberra.bike examines previous budgets and compares them with Ireland.
The French love cycling so they made a bike map. Getting an overview is the start to planning a ride. CyclOSM turns the Canberra map on its head by showing a cyclist’s view of the city. The map data is from OpenStreetMap. These maps are available on the smartphone with another open-source product: OSMAnd.
The ACT Government has made another Fast Track announcement (8 July 2020). The event was grand and the language very positive. Only ONE new strategic project was announced: Heysen Street. Fast Track is slow to fix the missing links.
The bicycle path along Heysen Street is keenly awaited. The current project ends at Devonport Street. As you can see that still leaves a gap. As of July 2020, a further segment was promised. Heysen Street Links is part of the Woden Renewal.