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urban planning

Getting to our feet

The ACT Conservation Council webinar on active travel. Enjoy.

The webinar was annouced recently on canberra.bike here.

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urban planning

Kuringa Drive missing link

Tara Cheyne MLA, the Member for Ginninderra for ACT Labor, has sent canberra.bike two emails in the last month regarding the Kuringa Drive missing link, Belconnen. Quotes from her email and more information about Kuringa Drive are found below.

This is an update to Canberra.bike article on missing links. The original article has been revised.

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urban planning

ACT Budget 2020-21: giving cycling a fair cut

June is usually budget time in the ACT. The 2020-21 ACT Budget has been postponed. Canberra.bike looks at the last years budget and what the coming budget could hold. In general, the investment in active travel infrastructure in the ACT is not well documented.

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urban planning

Maps of “strategic” Fast Track cycling infrastructure

The ACT Government has many Fast Track projects and of these, only a handful are of any benefit to the commuting cyclist. Hopefully – and we are really looking forward to it – we will see more to come. Here is what is currently on the list – mapped.

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family

Cycling safely in Canberra

With so many people going back to cycling or starting cycling for the first time, it is time to talk about safety for both city cycling and mountain biking.

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family

Is there a typical cyclist?

The Canberra cyclist is many things: some are fit and some are not, some are old and some are young, both men and women. There are different types of bikes, and people ride for many reasons.

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urban planning

Heysen Street: finally coming

The construction of Heysen Street has finally been announced. This project has been discussed for many years, and was promised by ACT Labor at the 2016 Territory election, and again in the 2019 Federal election.

“Great news. It always feels dodgy riding heysen street through there due to the lack of shoulder and the hill which reduces sight lines. Now if they can just do something about the 2 heysen street magpies!”

Dane Roberts 9:30 pm 13 May 20, comments to the annoucement in The RiotACT.
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urban planning

Active Travel Streets: making cycling safer

The active travel vision is grand but difficult to reconcile with the infrastructure found in older suburbs. The ACT Government inherits the old but the old was built in different times with different problems. 

“The past is a foreign country and they do things differently there.”

source unknown

The ACT Government faces today’s problems with the infrastructure designed for yesteryear. Some cities have experienced a great fire. From the bare earth, the city can be rebuilt anew for modern times. The challenge of urban planning is another, to rebuild a living city. This is more akin to rebuilding a boat while you are sitting in it. It is not straight forward and creates anxiety. 

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urban planning

National Capital Authority: protector of the sacrosanct

It is one of the quirks of Canberra that while we have a territory government, the ACT Government is not responsible for all the ACT. Canberra is more like Rome and in the centre is Vatican City. Here we call it the Parliamentary Triangle, and it is ruled by the National Capital Authority (NCA). The domain of the National Capital Authority is bigger than one would think as it includes everything 200 m around the edges of the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin itself. The National Capital Authority is the protector of the sacrosanct.

West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin source: OpenStreetMap, ACT, Australia
West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin source: OpenStreetMap
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ride review

Pedal Power ACT safety reminder

Pedal Power ACT does a really good job keeping their members informed.

This is a screen capture from Pedal Power ACT’s newsletter / email from 1 May 2020.

Always remember:
We have shared paths in the ACT and we need to look out for each other 🙂