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Tag Archives: cycle paths

The bridge formerly known as red goes in

By 7 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

For decades to come visitors to Canberra will be confused by reference to “The Red Bridge” which is clearly grey.
Another John has sent in these images of the construction down Molonglo Reach:
Cycling round da lake gonna be back to normal soon
If these here photos are anything to go by.
It’ll be a shame knowing that we, [...]

Another fine bike lane…

By 13 September 2013

Guy has sent this in:
Perfect example of great road design by ACT GOVT – at the junction of Ipima and Torrens St in Braddon: cyclists forced into path of cars on arrival at the roundabout!

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Cycling from gungahlin to civic?

By 15 July 2013

I’m moving out of my inner north enclave to Gungahlin town centre.
Would love to continue to cycle to work but do not like the idea of bike lanes on busy roads.
Does anyone know of off-street dedicated paths that can get me most of the way there (even if it’s a bit further) or [...]

PEDAL POWER WANTS MORE?

By 23 June 2013

The Canberra Times has this story today about UC vice-chancellor Stephen Parker wanting more cycle lanes in Canberra.
“UNIVERSITY of Canberra vice-chancellor and keen bike rider Stephen Parker has called for more cycle lanes in the ACT to be physically separated from cars and other vehicles.
Professor Parker has been made the patron of the ACT’s lobby [...]

Who Gives Way on Sandford St?

By 28 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I stopped at the left turn on Sandford St. turning into Flemington Road to go toward Franklin this afernoon. The sign said “left lane must turn left” so when the lights went green I proceeded to turn left. Unfortunately there was a poor guy on a bike in the bicycle lane to my left who [...]

A traffic rant from Stephen

By 17 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This just in…
It’s about time we lobby the ACT Government to widen our bike paths!! How can we be expected to fit our cars in these piddling ½ sized lanes? In peak times there is an obvious need for the average motorist to bypass the law abiding losers waiting patiently for a variety of reasons, [...]

Lyneham bike path resurfacing also unloved

By 18 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A reader who’d like to remain anonymous sent this in:
Following yesterday’s “(Re)surfacing epic fail x 2“:
The cycle path between Mouat St and the intersection of Wattle & Scrivener streets recently received similar treatment. The path had been cracking for years, and small sections were completely replaced about a year ago. Recently, the remaining cracks were [...]

(Re)surfacing epic fail x 2

By 17 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This morning’s commute took me past two examples of terrible resurfacing; one on the bike path and one on the road.  The first is on the  bit of bike path that runs from Cook/Aranda to LBG, running parallel with both Bindubi Street and William Hovell Drive.  That path is one of the best things about [...]

The Great Civic Cycle Loop Opens!

By 25 March 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury is putting forth word that the mighty Civic Cycle Loop (stages 1 and 2) are opening today at noon.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today opened the Rudd and Marcus Clarke Street sections of the Civic Cycle Loop.
“I’m pleased to announce that the first two stages of the Civic Cycle Loop [...]

Canberrans embracing elevated parking on Rudd Street

By 26 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Guy has sent in this interesting observation:
The multi squillion dollar elevated bike tracks (or are they parking lanes?) on Rudd St in Civic are now nearly operational. They’ve only taken the best part of a year to complete.
here’s a couple of early adopters…

In our story yesterday on this issue bd84 expounded at length [...]

City cycle lane a success

By 25 February 2013

This in from Institute:
Thought this was funny and I should share.
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The sly fox rides over the lazy cafe

By 12 February 2013

Here’s something new: a bike-path side café.
I was feeling a little lost as my daughter was off on camp, so I went for a ride, and came upon this little bit of free enterprise on the bike-path between MacArthur Avenue and David Street in O’Connor.  And yes, it’s all properly approved by the Authoritahs.
The very [...]

NCA response to their inadequate safety barrier, a sign to be ignored

By 20 September 2012

The Canberra Times has a terrifying story about the National Capital Authority discovering they’ve installed an inadequate safety barrier on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.
A terrifying near-miss in which a cyclist fell over a railing and on to the road of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge has highlighted the need for extra safety on the bridge.
National Capital Authority [...]

Labor announce their active transport policies. Cycle paths ahoy

By 20 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced plans for more cycle paths:
ACT Labor is committed to the construction of off-road cycle paths as part of its plan for more cycling infrastructure in our city.
ACT Labor will commit up to $12 million* to construct an off-road cycle path adjacent to the Majura Parkway.
We will also invest $4 million [...]

Bikes lanes are for bicycles

By 6 September 2012

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the assumption bike lanes are for bicycles, not motorcycles.
Just then I had a motorbike up my arse on Northbourne, from Elouera Street through to Cooying, revving his engine and muttering at cyclists.
You’re damn right I slowed down on purpose and got in [...]

Will the Civic Cycle Loop reverse Canberra’s declining rate of cycling? [With poll]

By 22 August 2012

At the turn of the millennium Canberra had no on-road cycle lanes, 19% of Canberrans cycled more than once a month. Most of them were children. We had Australia’s highest rate of child cycling.
By 2009 we had 5,000 less child cyclists, and the proportion of Canberrans who cycled more than once a month had fallen [...]

Pedal Power ACT calls for $50m over four years for cycling. Election Forum and list of grievances.

By 20 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 19 September 2012 at 7:30 pm; ] Pedal Power ACT is calling on the next ACT Government to increase spending on cycling to $50 million over four years.

Canberra’s facilities are great for dedicated, confident riders but they don’t encourage enough new riders and there are too many unfinished projects. Cycling increased by 70% between 2004 and 2010 but has not grown since.

ACT [...]

Cycling data on Google Transit

By 17 July 2012

Over the weekend Simon Corbell pretty much announced that Canberra cycling data was going into the excellent google transit system.
Today Andrew Barr is getting in with the good news.
Acting ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr today announced that Canberra’s cycling community will now be able to plan their trips online with access to cycling maps on [...]

Coe weeps for the Majura Parkway bike path

By 25 May 2012

Amongst the things I never thought I’d see is a media release from the Liberals’ Alistair Coe denouncing the scrapping of the promised Majura Parkway off-road bike path.
“While riding on the road always poses a risk, it is especially dangerous on high volume, high speed roads.
“That’s why these segregated bike paths are so important. They [...]

Greens ask for their cycle path back on the Majura Parkway

By 24 May 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has expressed her displeasure at Chiefly backsliding over building an off-road cycle path on the Majura Parkway.
On 22 August 2011, Chief Minister Kay Gallagher said ‘as part of the Majura Parkway project a separate cycle path will be constructed off road’*. But plans for the project, currently under tender, [...]

Katy backflips on cycleway along Majura Parkway

By 21 May 2012

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher stated to me last year that the planned Majura Parkway would have a physically separated cycle path next to the road like the M7 in Sydney:
Katy Gallagher said on 19 August:
Hi, as part of the Majura Parkway project a separate cycle path will be constructed off road along the length [...]

Proposed plan for the Yarralumla Creek cycle path

By 17 April 2012

A media statement released by the Territory and Municipal Services today discusses the proposed plan for the Yarralumla Creek cycle path.
The Yarralumla Creek cycle bridge was washed away in December 2011 and is beyond repair. Currently a detour is set up that sends cyclists to Carruthers and then back to Yarra Glen.
Tony Gill outlines [...]

Molonglo Reach bike path gone. How long for Morshead Drive?

By 3 March 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Back in 2010 we were a little alarmed by the cracking of the bike path along Molonglo Reach.
Today Josh has sent in what the recent rains have wrought there.
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[Thanks for JC catching me up with the correct name [...]

Cycle path around the Kingston foreshore

By 19 February 2012

There is an article in the CT today about calls for cycle path work around the Kingston foreshore.
After riding in that area a few weeks ago I would have to agree.
It was impossible to work out how the cyclepath from the wetlands connected to the otherside of the foreshore.
Worse, [...]

Cycle/Bike path from Watson to City?

By 1 February 2012

I am planning to ride to work each day on my brand new bike (new years resolution yet to be activated). As I never ever plan to ride on the road, especially down Northbourne ave I am looking for alternative routes from Watson (near the shops) to the city.
Are there any good bike paths around Watson? [...]

A city with no shortage of signs

By 8 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Owen has sent in this gem with the following note:
On the bicycle path from Scrivener Dam to Weston, there is a short section of about 50 metres with 14 advisory signs. This is a list of them:
– Pedestrians/Cyclists watch for construction traffic
– Danger – Construction Site
– Workman (covered)
– Cyclepath closed ahead Follow cycle detours
– Prepare [...]

Road woes: motorbikes and my daily commute

By 10 November 2011

I travel from Belconnen to Woden daily, mostly in peak-hour morning traffic, and Canberra’s roadways get backed up.
Each day, motorcyclists ride in the bike lanes passing the lines of cars, and eventually duck in at the last chance available, skipping all the automobilers.
Does anyone else have a problem with this?

Greens not impressed by cycling infrastructure announcements

By 9 November 2011

Following last night’s announcement of cycling infrastructure programs the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is letting us know that she’s distinctly lacking in whelm.
“The Government says it needs to do more consultation on Bunda Street. We want to see that by now concrete options and proposals are on the table, rather than a general discussion [...]

Cycling dollars flow

By 8 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

How dedicated bike lanes work in Amsterdam

By 16 August 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Following Pedal Power’s contentious proposal yesterday for barriers to separate bike lanes on Northbourne from traffic here’s a look at how they do things in Amsterdam.

The cycleway is the red portion of this pavement.

Here’s another example of Amsterdam. Two-directional tramway in the middle-through-lower-left. Bike path on the left behind the teal bollards, and to the [...]

Cycle highway for Molonglo?

By 2 April 2011

Last night the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur announced she’s asking the government to budget a feasability study (so a million miles from actual action) for a “cycle highway” linking the new conurbation of Molonglo to civilised lands.
(On the basis that Greens get their sense of humour surgically removed on entry to the Legislative Assembly building [...]

Canberra’s cycle path repair shame

By 30 March 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week we marvelled at heroic road repairs in Japan.
Over the weekend I was reminded that Canberra too had a case of roads unzipping last December during the floods.

Sadly three months later our repair effort, as seen above, have lacked Japanese efficiency or urgency.

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