Belconnen Town Centre has been trialling 40 km/h zones for over two years. The rollout to other town centre is causing confusion as commuters notice the changes.
North Weston Concept Plan is found in the Territory Plan. Cycling is not mentioned all that often in the Territory Plan. In the North Weston Concept Plan, cycling is not mentioned at all.
The Molonglo Valley commercial centre will be built in the suburb of Molonglo, adjacent to John Gorton Drive. A commercial centre is sorely needed, but it could be some time before we see it.
Minister Steels statement in the ACT Legislative Assembly, 3 June 2021, provided little new information, but confirmed of further transport investment in improvement and duplication of roads. Cycling projects were not mentioned except one, the long awaited bridge over Weston Creek.
For a long time, suburbs were built for cars – footpaths were seen as optional. Canberra’s older suburbs often lack paths. The newer suburbs are better and the paths make them pedestrian friendly.
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.
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.
The destinations we cycle to, not surprisingly, depends on where we live. The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey breaks down the trips depending on the “region” of origin (district). The most likely destination is always the same district (locally).
The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey shows that the daily commute is typically one of the longest journeys we make in our daily lives. Schools, shops, doctors and sport are usually in the local area, and then the distance travel is almost always shorter. A survey of Canberrans’ cycling habits from 2017.
The last check of the Fast Track website showed that no new strategic bike path projects had been added in August 2020. At the current rate, it will take 166 years to double the length of off-road paths suitable for cycling in the ACT.