The new walking and cycling map released

By 23 January, 2013 12

simon corbell

Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the latest “Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map”:

“Canberrans love to get out and about and enjoy all of the walking and cycling paths our city has to offer and now the latest update to the walking and cycling map will give greater certainty during journey planning and an extra helping hand along the way,” Mr Corbell said.

“An important part of updating this map was engagement with key walking and cycling groups as well as individual riders and walkers who use these paths on a daily or weekly basis.

“It is important we keep updating this resource for the community and its accuracy relies heavily on the involvement of those who regularly use the walking and cycling paths, both in the ACT and also just over the border in Queanbeyan.”

The Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map shows on-road cycling lanes, shared-use paths (paths shared by a variety of users), unsealed paths, roads and free bicycle parking facilities.

The new Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map has made many improvements such as showing new on-road cycle lanes around the airport, new trunks paths and new suburbs.

You can get a large pdf of the map online

[Photo Courtesy Minister Corbell's office]

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12 Responses to The new walking and cycling map released
#1
davo10112:25 pm, 23 Jan 13

Has there been a subtle change to the law since the last edition? It would appear that there are no longer any footpaths in the ACT they have all been reclassified as shared use paths.

#2
puggy12:45 pm, 23 Jan 13

There are still missing paths and/or misleading paths. I’m pretty sure Claire Hermes has on-road lanes all the way to the Barton Highway for example. There are paths near us marked with fat pink lines, presumably to indicate actual shared paths with lines etc, but they’re not, they’re just footpaths (although as davo notes, it doesn’t seem to matter in the ACT!).

As an aside, you can see the piecemeal nature of some routes. A nice path here, then nothing, a nice path there, then nothing.

#3
Tony1:07 pm, 23 Jan 13

This map should also show the Canberra’s Centenary Trail

#4
arescarti421:35 pm, 23 Jan 13

davo101 said :

Has there been a subtle change to the law since the last edition? It would appear that there are no longer any footpaths in the ACT they have all been reclassified as shared use paths.

It’s probably just to clear up confusion. In the ACT you can ride a bike on the footpath, but in NSW its illegal.

I’m a bit disappointed by the number of errors in the map though. In addition to not showing paths that are there, and showing paths that are not there, the rapid bus routes also appear to be missing stops.

I wish I’d known they were re-doing the map, I could have made some suggestions.

#5
Mike Bessenger1:46 pm, 23 Jan 13

davo101 said :

Has there been a subtle change to the law since the last edition? It would appear that there are no longer any footpaths in the ACT they have all been reclassified as shared use paths.

Seems to be an error. The thin pink lines should be blue like on the Qbn map. Hopefully they corrected that before it went to print. haha

#6
Mike Bessenger1:47 pm, 23 Jan 13

arescarti42 said :

It’s probably just to clear up confusion. In the ACT you can ride a bike on the footpath, but in NSW its illegal.

I thought you were permitted to ride on the footpaths if you were 13 and under.

#7
boo2:45 pm, 23 Jan 13

“Cyclists in the ACT are permitted to ride on footpaths. In NSW however, only cyclists under the age of 12 are permitted to ride on footpaths, as well as supervising cyclists of all ages. When riding on footpaths, cyclists are required to keep left and give way to pedestrians.”

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/cycling/cycling_information/road_rules

#8
davo1014:19 pm, 23 Jan 13

boo said :

“Cyclists in the ACT are permitted to ride on footpaths. In NSW however, only cyclists under the age of 12 are permitted to ride on footpaths, as well as supervising cyclists of all ages. When riding on footpaths, cyclists are required to keep left and give way to pedestrians.”

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/cycling/cycling_information/road_rules

That may be what it says on the TAMS website but has anyone seen this in a legal document? I haven’t been able to find it. I was wondering if this is why all of the footpaths have quietly been re-designated shared paths.

#9
helium9:59 pm, 23 Jan 13

davo101 said :

boo said :

“Cyclists in the ACT are permitted to ride on footpaths. In NSW however, only cyclists under the age of 12 are permitted to ride on footpaths, as well as supervising cyclists of all ages. When riding on footpaths, cyclists are required to keep left and give way to pedestrians.”

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/cycling/cycling_information/road_rules

That may be what it says on the TAMS website but has anyone seen this in a legal document? I haven’t been able to find it. I was wondering if this is why all of the footpaths have quietly been re-designated shared paths.

..like the Australian Road Rules s250
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/db_37271/current/pdf/db_37271.pdf

refers to ‘footpath’ or ‘shared path’

A shared path should be signposted as such:
“A shared path is an area open to the public (except a separated footpath) that is designated for, or has as one of its main uses, use by both the riders of bicycles and pedestrians, and includes a length of path for use by both bicycles and pedestrians beginning at a shared path sign or shared path road marking …”

#10
davo1019:19 am, 24 Jan 13

helium said :

..like the Australian Road Rules s250
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/db_37271/current/pdf/db_37271.pdf

refers to ‘footpath’ or ‘shared path’

A shared path should be signposted as such:
“A shared path is an area open to the public (except a separated footpath) that is designated for, or has as one of its main uses, use by both the riders of bicycles and pedestrians, and includes a length of path for use by both bicycles and pedestrians beginning at a shared path sign or shared path road marking …”

Thanks for that. I knew I must have been looking straight past it, that’s why I asked. Interesting that the national road rules say that you are allowed to ride on a footpath unless another piece of law says you can’t, given that Queensland is the only other place I know where you are.

#11
Hosinator9:16 pm, 24 Jan 13

So if footpaths have been designated as shared, does that mean cyclists can ride across zebra crossings?

Not that cyclists or pedestrians should be using them, after all they are designated for zebras…

#12
Leon12:11 pm, 25 Jan 13

Canberra’s footpaths have always been shared paths. ACT Road Rule 250 says, “The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath if another law of this jurisdiction prohibits the rider from riding on the footpath … The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must keep to the left [and] give way to any pedestrian.”

As far as I know, there is no ACT law that prevents adults from riding on footpaths.

Zebras are permitted to use footpaths, but Rule 302 requires their riders to give way to pedestrians.

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