Bicycle Education Centre?

nanzan 1 February 2009 46

I know it was a quaint vestige from a bygone era, but what has happened to the Australian Federal Police’s Bicycle Education Centre in Belconnen?

I drove past there yesterday (Rae Street) and noticed that all the education centre signage is gone, and that it is very unkempt looking with weeds and long grass everywhere. It looks like a Lilliputian ghetto!

And furthermore, just a few metres north of here, still in Rae Street, what is happening to the building site adjacent to (and part of?) the Belconnen Lakeview Club? The steel girders have been there exposed for so long, they are beginning to rust! And the verge all around the site facing Rae and Bayles Streets is extremely unsightly – weeds as tall as Lauren Jackson, and rubbish strewn everywhere.

This part of Belconnen – in the so-called town centre – is looking very down-at-heel indeed.


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p1 p1 6:24 pm 05 Feb 12

screaming banshee said :

I fail to understand why just because the ‘training’ side of the operation ceased in 2007? that the site couldn’t be maintained as a public area where parents can bring their kids to practice. What was presumably the training room is covered in graffiti, the weeds are 6ft tall and there is at least one shopping trolley sitting in the middle.

Surely if the govco can maintain a dozen skate parks they can mow the grass and re-paint the lines there every so often. Remove the building if its not going to be used and put in a few tables with some shade, its not really that hard.

C’mon Chief Minister, wont you please think of the children.

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screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:12 pm 05 Feb 12

I fail to understand why just because the ‘training’ side of the operation ceased in 2007? that the site couldn’t be maintained as a public area where parents can bring their kids to practice. What was presumably the training room is covered in graffiti, the weeds are 6ft tall and there is at least one shopping trolley sitting in the middle.

Surely if the govco can maintain a dozen skate parks they can mow the grass and re-paint the lines there every so often. Remove the building if its not going to be used and put in a few tables with some shade, its not really that hard.

C’mon Chief Minister, wont you please think of the children.

TAMSMediaRoom TAMSMediaRoom 1:36 pm 19 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

Anyone know who’s responsible for this place/land?

Sorry about the old thread I just don’t know how to find out

ACT Property Group, who are part of the ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, currently manage this site. You can contact ACT Property Group via Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

TAMSMediaRoom TAMSMediaRoom 1:05 pm 19 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

Anyone know who’s responsible for this place/land?

Sorry about the old thread I just don’t know how to find out

ACT Property Group, who are part of the ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, currently manage this site. You can make contact with ACT Property Group via Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

dungfungus dungfungus 5:02 pm 18 Jan 12

aceofspades said :

Duke said :

I think the site of the Deakin traffic school has long since been built over. It was almost next door to the Beaver Gallery in amongst some gum trees.

When I went there in the early 80s it had working traffic lights – they were probably less than two metres tall.

You mean we have a Beaver Gallery! Why was I not told!

I thought beaver galleries were only allowed in Fyshwick, Mitchell or Hume.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 3:10 pm 18 Jan 12

I loved that place. I went there once in primary school and it was awesome! I got “arrested” and made to pull over for 5 minutes for trying to doing a jump over the roundabout.

dtc dtc 2:31 pm 18 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

Anyone know who’s responsible for this place/land?

Sorry about the old thread I just don’t know how to find out

You can do a title search – need to find out the address/block and section number and pay the land titles office (or whatever they are called). That will give you the owner. However, if the owner is the ACT, then who is actually responsible will require bureaucratic investigation

aceofspades aceofspades 2:09 pm 18 Jan 12

Duke said :

I think the site of the Deakin traffic school has long since been built over. It was almost next door to the Beaver Gallery in amongst some gum trees.

When I went there in the early 80s it had working traffic lights – they were probably less than two metres tall.

You mean we have a Beaver Gallery! Why was I not told!

BelcoMan BelcoMan 1:41 pm 18 Jan 12

Anyone know who’s responsible for this place/land?

Sorry about the old thread I just don’t know how to find out

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:23 am 02 Feb 09

I used to love going on school excursions to these places. Wasn’t there one on the southside too? I think it was in Weston?

Rawhide Kid No 2 Rawhide Kid No 2 10:21 am 02 Feb 09

BenMac said :

A quick search of google came up with this:

Belconnen Traffic Centre Closes After 25 Years

What ??? Kids don’t learn from theory. They learn from Practice.

p1 p1 9:05 am 02 Feb 09

And the likelyhood of being dragged off by grim faced, grey uniformed soldiers, although possible, is probably quite low.

At least as long as you stay on the roof anyway…

I can add to the DDR feel by riding my motorbike through there, it was made in the DDR…

Special G Special G 8:51 am 02 Feb 09

Place was great – went there a couple of times when in primary school. Now they would have to have real coppers there to lock up those riding whilst disqualified and on warrants for car theft.

Thumper Thumper 8:21 am 02 Feb 09

The whole place is grim. You could remake ones of those “Thatcher’s bloody Britain” films from the early eighties in Belco – and parts would make a great East Berlin.

And the likelyhood of being dragged off by grim faced, grey uniformed soldiers, although possible, is probably quite low.

shiny flu shiny flu 12:30 am 02 Feb 09

I was so stoked that I was able to ride a bike for free, and pretend like I was an adult driving. I’m pretty sure that passing my drivers license test first time was helped by the experience.

seekay said :

The whole place is grim. You could remake ones of those “Thatcher’s bloody Britain” films from the early eighties in Belco – and parts would make a great East Berlin.

I’m going to go with the fact that gum trees don’t exist in East Berlin, or West Berlin for that matter. Also I’m pretty sure the building aren’t falling apart like the DDR ones are today 😛

Granny Granny 11:09 pm 01 Feb 09

Thanks, Snarky. I’m glad they’ve still got a program happening. I think it should probably be standard in all schools, though.

‘Presently we are applying for grant funding to run the 8wk Bicycle Education program program at more schools. If you feel your school would be interested in being part of the 8wk Bike Ed program please contact us with your schools details.’

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 10:47 pm 01 Feb 09

belco is a dump full stop. just look at the bus interchange.

i loved going to the traffic ed place. it was awesome fun.

p1 p1 10:26 pm 01 Feb 09

and that it is very unkempt looking with weeds and long grass everywhere. It looks like a Lilliputian ghetto!

I cruised past today out of curiosity, and it has been recently mowed. A sign of the power of the Riotact?

Snarky Snarky 9:35 pm 01 Feb 09

If you’re looking for Canberra-based Cycle Ed classes for either primary school kids or for adults wishing to learn to ride you can try Cycle Education. It’s run by a friend of mine 🙂

Deckard Deckard 9:07 pm 01 Feb 09

BenMac said :

It was really fun to ride around a bike road as if you were a car.

Some people here would say that cyclists still do this. But not I! :0)

I remember going a couple of times while I was at primary school and had a great time. They even had a set of real traffic lights.

If one of the coppers saw you break a road rule you had to sit out for a few minutes.

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