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 are complete and open for people to enjoy,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Civic Cycle Loop includes Canberra’s first separated ‘Copenhagen-style’ cycle lane; a great addition to the CBD which will give cyclists better access into and around the city.
“The Civic Cycle loop aims to minimise the difficulties associated with travel on congested footpaths and roads in the City area. The majority of the loop will be segregated from general traffic, which is great for new or less confident riders.”
Mr Rattenbury said $6 million has been invested for the design and construction of the Civic Cycle Loop which, when completed, will be a 3.2 kilometre cycle path around the entire City.
The first stage of the Cycle Loop begins on Rudd Street, connecting Bunda Street and Northbourne Avenue with Marcus Clarke Street. This section provides 400 metres of 1.8 metre wide cycle lane on either side of the street.
The second stage, Marcus Clarke Street, connects Barry Drive and Rudd Street with the existing cycle path network around Lake Burley Griffin. This section is 1.1 kilometres long and provides cyclists with a two metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the street for the majority of its length.
“Consultation recently closed on the design options for Bunda Street, the third stage section of the loop, which received over 250 pieces of feedback. I thank Canberrans for their input and ideas, which will help to shape the design of the Bunda Street section of the loop.
Completion of the entire Civic City Loop, including the Bunda Street and Allara Street sections, is scheduled for late-2014.