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Cycling dollars flow

By johnboy - 8 November 2011 71

simon corbell

Simon Corbell has announced a $9 million spend on cycling and walking infrastructure:

    — The City cycle loop;
    — Kings Avenue on-road cycle lane and off-road cycle path improvements;
    — accessibility improvements to walking infrastructure in the main town centres (Woden, Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin) benefitting visually and mobility impaired people; and
    — interim off-road footpath improvements at Kingston Foreshore;
    — further examination of converting sections of Bunda Street in the City and Hibberson Street in Gungahlin to “shared spaces? of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers;
    — construction of a missing link between the shared paths along Tuggeranong Parkway and Melrose Drive near Chifley and,
    — the provision of cycling facilities along both sides of Yamba Drive between Yarra Glen and The Canberra Hospital.

More information is available from the TAMS Walking and Cycling Trunk Infrastructure Report

[Photo courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]

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Cycling dollars flow
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kos 10:00 pm
08 Nov 11
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So the ACT government is quite happy to spend $9mil on cycling infrastructure, along with their own race track, but we are stuck with decades old hillclimb and skidpan facilities and no drag strip? Awesome.

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Grail 10:50 pm
08 Nov 11
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At first glance this all looks great! I’ll have to drag the missus out for a ride to explore the locations they’re planning to modify.

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thatsnotme 11:46 pm
08 Nov 11
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Please, no more ‘shared spaces’, they just don’t work. The shared space on Childers Street is nothing more than a normal road with an interesting surface for most people it seems – occasionally, I’ve seen a brave pedestrian decide to exercise their rights, and just walk across the road despite the cars driving well above the speed limit…given that I drive along there most days, it’s only a matter of time until I actually see someone get hit.

I just don’t get why the government seems so obsessed with changing a formula that everyone recognises – ie, pedestrians cross the road when it’s safe to do so, unless they’re at a crossing, in which case cars stop for them. But instead of just providing some more crossings, we have to experiment with these shared zones.

Don’t get me started on the shared zone between the National Library and Questacon either…it literally extends for the length of the pedestrian crossing across the road. So what’s the point?!

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Henry82 12:21 am
09 Nov 11
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thatsnotme said :

Please, no more ‘shared spaces’, they just don’t work.

I have to agree, I’m yet to see anyone, including the police maintain the 10km/hr speed limit on Childers Street. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.

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Okwhatever 8:06 am
09 Nov 11
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“Simon Corbell has announced a $9 million spend on motorcycling infrastructure…”

There, I fixed it.

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I-filed 8:20 am
09 Nov 11
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How often does Simon Corbell cycle to work? How many of his staff cycle to work?

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BicycleCanberra 8:52 am
09 Nov 11
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This money is over three years, in that time we will spend another $300+ million on road infrastructure. So that will be 1% of road infrastructure upgrades.Yeh! I’m glad (not) that they are starting to even out the spending on walking and cycling infrastructure compared to motorist infrastructure!

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krats 9:16 am
09 Nov 11
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Simon-Do You/Your Family Have Any Shares/Interest In Any Cycling Businesses??

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Brandi 9:19 am
09 Nov 11
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This is a drop in the ocean, as BicycleCanberra points out, but it achieves most of PedalPower’s wish list for improved cycling infrastructure. I think it’s awesome – when finished it will save lives and improve Canberra’s rep as a great cycling city.

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dtc 9:30 am
09 Nov 11
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I have noticed that, just in time for daylight savings, the lighting along the bike path from Civic to Dickson has started working (well, except for the bit around the wetlands). Still, should be useful next year during winter and encourage people to ride along the path instead of the roads – their philosophy seems to be that if they dont have a light, its better to ride on the lit road, despite the cars being unable to see the rider.

The shared zone at Childers St doesnt work because there arent enough people to ‘take over’ the areas. If you go to places in Europe – for example, lots of the piazzas in Italy – cars can drive through but there are more people than cars, so the cars have to make way for the people. Childers St is the opposite. Bunda St will be the same, unless they make it one lane one way, thus making it too difficult for cars to bother using.

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Keijidosha 9:44 am
09 Nov 11
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BicycleCanberra said :

This money is over three years, in that time we will spend another $300+ million on road infrastructure. So that will be 1% of road infrastructure upgrades.Yeh! I’m glad (not) that they are starting to even out the spending on walking and cycling infrastructure compared to motorist infrastructure!

By my maths, vehicle owners in the ACT contribute somewhere around $100 million in registration fees (excluding CTP) and another $270 million in fuel excise, per annum.

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johnboy 9:46 am
09 Nov 11
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And almost all adult cyclists own a registered vehicle.

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Morgan 9:47 am
09 Nov 11
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As a cyclist, motorist and taxpayer I am very happy with the way that the ACT Government and NCA spend so much on Cycling infrastructure. With sufficient bike paths it keeps me off the road and away from traffic, safer for me and less stress for motorists (When I’m driving some Cyclists scare me with the scant disregard for self preservation)

I work on Childers street and that place is not well suited for a shared zone. With all the car traffic leaving City West Parking and the Ernst & Young carpark of an afternoon it is simply too busy for pedestrians.

Bunda street should not be a shared zone, but a one way south east with angle parking on both sides would calm traffic and make it easier for car traffic.

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p1 9:52 am
09 Nov 11
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You know what s**** me? Horse riders. They don’t pay rego but can ride along in places which would see me charged if I did it on my unregistered trail bike!

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diced_mango 10:12 am
09 Nov 11
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thatsnotme said :

The shared space on Childers Street is nothing more than a normal road with an interesting surface for most people it seems

dtc said :

The shared zone at Childers St doesnt work because there arent enough people to ‘take over’ the areas.

Morgan said :

I work on Childers street and that place is not well suited for a shared zone. With all the car traffic leaving City West Parking and the Ernst & Young carpark of an afternoon it is simply too busy for pedestrians.

Agree with all those – plus:
1. It’s counterintuitive to have marked pedestrian crossings if pedestrians are entitled to cross anywhere…
2. 10km/h is so ludicrous it invites rational people to ignore it. Has anybody in an automatic car ever tried going 10km/h? Cars idle faster than that. Also, because the pedestrian crossings are marked, and the foot traffic is relatively low, there is no additional danger that would warrant different treatment to Hibberson St Gungahlin (40km/h), Bunda St (50 I assume?), or Woolley St, Dickson (again, 50 I assume?).

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