This is the first of a series of articles on ACT building codes. The character and liveability of our city is a product of these codes. Here is a brief introduction to Estate Development Code and why it needs to be revised.
Active travel is not in one document but many. This makes it confusing to know where to find something. The ACT Government has a system and understanding it helps locate the key documents.
The idea of “cycle highway” needs to be located within the Active Travel Framework, so that it is not disconnected from the planning mechanism in the ACT.
The relevant text for cycle highways is scattered throughout a number of key documents. Here the relevant extracts from Active Travel Facilities Design MIS05 are gathered together in one place.
Active travel contains an abundance of new terms. Here are some of the more common ones. The definitions are from the Active Travel Facilities Design – Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 (MIS05).
The 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.
Poor road markings and poor motorists make a cyclist’s life difficult. A marked shoulder is easily mistaken for the bike lane which creates confusion. More about Australian Road Rule 153.
We cannot make a baby without a baby-making machine.
The Fast Track investment in cycle infrastructure before the 2020 ACT Election was at first welcomed by the cycling community but disappointed. The Fast Track investment in cycle infrastructure in 2020 was so low that it would take 166 years to double the length of off-road paths suitable for cycling in the ACT.
Building a network of good cycle paths is not easy, but the ACT Government has a plan.