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Canberrans asked for input on reclaiming Kings and Commonwealth Avenues for pedestrians and cyclists

By Glynis Quinlan 25 May 2017 27

Canberrans have until July 3 to provide feedback on a draft design strategy to transform Kings and Commonwealth Avenues into landmark destinations in keeping with Walter Burley Griffin’s original vision.

The aim is to reclaim the Avenues to be attractive public spaces that are used for pedestrians and cyclists – not only cars.

Federal Minister for Local Government and Territories, Senator Fiona Nash, said Kings and Commonwealth Avenues help to form the National Triangle originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin.

“This design strategy aims to improve the Avenues, ensuring they are public spaces befitting our national capital, whilst honouring Griffin’s vision,” Ms Nash said.

National Capital Authority Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said that the two Avenues have mainly evolved in response to increases in traffic volumes without enough priority placed on their role as important public spaces.

“The NCA’s aim for Kings and Commonwealth Avenues is to transform them into destinations and landmarks in their own right,” he said.

“The proposed redesign of the Avenues will unify the public realm and the buildings that line them, while providing a sense of formality, celebration and liveliness.

“New social, business and recreational uses could be introduced along the Avenues and the broad tree-lined footpaths to create new public space activities such as outdoor dining and other public realm uses.”

A key proposal of the draft Design Strategy is to renew the streetscape character of the Avenues to turn them into destinations in their own right.

Other key proposals outlined in the strategy include:

  • widening and improving pedestrian and cycle connections along the full length of the Avenues
  • reconfiguring the roadways to better integrate existing and future public transport systems, while giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists
  • setting high-quality design standards and a consistent palette of urban detailing including signage, lighting and street furniture
  • revitalising the Avenues with unified tree and shrub plantings to reinforce their landscape character

The Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy and information on how to provide feedback are available on the NCA’s website at www.nationalcapital.gov.au. The consultation process is open until midnight on Monday July 3, 2017.

Photos supplied by the NCA and are from the Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy.

What do you think about the draft design strategy – is it on the right track? Let us know in the comments below.

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dungfungus 10:40 am 16 Jun 17

dungfungus said :

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed or commented on the fact that not one of those artist’s impressions in the article show any sign of a carriageway for the wire-less trams.

There is a hint of a bus half obscured by a tree near the Albert Park (sorry, Parliamentary Zone) but that’s it and with due respect to the visionaries, there will never be that many pedestrians in any of the places depicted.

Is this the NCA’s mother of all Freudian Slips?

After reading today’s Canberra Times it is clear that the NCA have confirmed that they don’t want the tram in their patch.

wottaway 2:00 pm 02 Jun 17

I can’t wait to see the schmozzle when pedestrians and cyclists get more room, THEN they go and put light rail across the bridge to Woden. In a city built for cars ! Get real.

oh_ 7:39 pm 01 Jun 17

For those boulevards to become attractive to pedestrians, there would have to be places alongside that are a reason for going to and from. At the moment its no mans land – its not the Lake or the National Institutions. Raising Parkes Way seems daft when city to the lake plan is to cover it over, as does choking traffic further. If there were other solutions built and roads for people to take, then maybe, but as proposed it will attempt to push people elsewhere but create more congestion problems without solving underlying problem. I applaud opening the conversation but think this proposal is premature because the reason why the area has lots of traffic now (lack of alternative transport options, poor bus network generally, lack of extensive cycle path network covering inner suburbs) has not been addressed.

dungfungus 8:50 am 31 May 17

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed or commented on the fact that not one of those artist’s impressions in the article show any sign of a carriageway for the wire-less trams.

There is a hint of a bus half obscured by a tree near the Albert Park (sorry, Parliamentary Zone) but that’s it and with due respect to the visionaries, there will never be that many pedestrians in any of the places depicted.

Is this the NCA’s mother of all Freudian Slips?

davo101 8:14 pm 30 May 17

wildturkeycanoe said :

What was the point of spending all that money on creating a third lane if they intended to bring all those commuters to a complete standstill just to let a couple of pubes go for a stroll by the lake?

That why I was confused. While we’re asking rhetorical questions what was the point of spending all that money on grade separating the Kings Avenue-Parkes Way intersection?

Given that these have to be two of the busiest roads in Canberra it going to be a nightmare for anyone trying to get to work if they live to the south or west of Civic. Both roads are running almost at capacity now and putting in traffic lights will more than halve the capacity of both creating car parks and pushing traffic onto other roads.

Blen_Carmichael 11:30 am 30 May 17

“Reclaiming”? Interesting premise.

dungfungus 3:06 pm 29 May 17

JC said :

dungfungus said :

The people with power who have a convenient, free, private carpark in the city are determined that the rest of us will, in future, commute by tram, bicycle or foot and that is what this plan reflects.

Except thIs plan is coming from Parkes ACT and as you know no love lost between them and the mob you despise so much who work on London Cct who are inflicting the tram on you.

And interestingly this plan at the city end seems to be ignoring the city to the lake plane from the ACT government which would see Parkes Way covered not raised.

I was referring specifically to “the mob” who are the ones determining what mode of transport we will have.

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