Jon Stanhope was Chief Minister when the on-road cycle paths were marked out on Northbourne Avenue. It constricted traffic and reduced speed limits (which in turn reduces the number of cars that can transit in a given period of time).
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that he’s now noticed this key arterial road is a bit congested (who could have seen this coming?)
Now the Canberra Times informs us that plans are afoot to upgrade the footpaths, paint over the bike lanes, and even use the median strip to build a transit lane.
(Although worryingly he’s mulling over taking a lane from the road for his crappy buses that no-one with a choice wants to use)
Better late than never comrade.
UPDATE: The Greens agree something needs to be done and seem to have better thought out ideas:
“A park and ride facility at Mitchell is a vital part of this upgrade, as together with a bus priority lane, it will give Gungahlin residents a very attractive commuting option that will save them time, and money on parking.”
The Greens’ letter also asks Mr Stanhope to consider a median strip cycle path for Northbourne Avenue.
“A broad, two-way path down the median strip would provide a pleasant, rapid and uninterrupted commute to and from Civic for people riding, and could also be used by people walking,” Caroline Le Couteur said.