We all get frustrated with government consultations. Government consultations take effort, but annoy when there is little change. The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) feels the same way and addresses the dilemma of every consultation.
This case study of rapid transit in the Molonglo Valley shows that corridors for vehicular traffic and light rail may have something in common, but public transit corridors are poorly suited for a cycle highway (transit). Cycle networks are different.
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.
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.
In Europe, one common way to get to the nearest light rail stop is with the bike. All you need is a path, dedicated bike parking area when you get there. Woden light rail terminus won’t offer any of that.
The urban development process in the ACT is thorough but slow. Unfortunately, these processes are neither particularly creative nor flexible. Tactical urbanism tries to fix that.
Athllon Drive Duplication is coming but for the cyclist it is nothing to get excited about. The Athllon Drive Duplication has been welcomed by many in the south who drive to Woden or Civic. For cyclists, however, the project sadly offers little. Road duplications are about prioritising cars not bikes.
Woden Valley was built in the 1960s. By 1989 it already had many of the bike paths we know today. It was ahead of its time. Photos from 30 years ago, that could be from yesterday.
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).