The ACT Government and an elected-Federal Labor Government have pledged $5.8 million to continue footpath and cycleway upgrades across the ACT.
Through a joint funding agreement between the Federal and ACT governments, key cycle and footpath links in Kambah, Mitchell, Lyons, Belconnen and the Inner North will be built or upgraded on top of the Government’s $30 million investment in the network since 2016.
The promised funding will go towards projects on Sulwood Drive in Kambah, a shared path to link the EPIC light rail stop to Mitchell and separate walking and cycling paths around the Australian National University.
The $4 million Sulwood Drive project will link Sulwood Drive between Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive by constructing a four-kilometre off-road walking and cycling path, along with an east-west connection between two existing cycle routes following Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive.
The new path will improve safety along Sulwood Drive, which is an 80k/h arterial road without walking or cycling infrastructure, and enable Kambah residents to access the Wanniassa shops as well as Mount Taylor.
The joint funding will also go towards the construction of the shared path along Flemington Road between Randwick Road and Morisset Road, Mitchell to fix the gap in the walking and cycling network between the EPIC light rail stop and Mitchell.
The upgrades will include a 2.5-metre wide off-road walking and cycling path to provide access to the new light rail stop.
A cycle route between the ANU and Dickson which will include separate walking and cycling paths along McCaughey Street between Masson Street and Barry Drive, Turner will also be built as part of the promised funding.
ACT Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the announcement highlights Federal Labor’s commitment to local infrastructure in Canberra suburbs.
“The $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy is the largest ever investment in shared pathways from a Federal Government,” Mr Steel said.
“We will work with a Shorten-Labor Government to get the most out of the investment in bike paths by jointly funding key projects that better connect Canberrans.
“These specific projects have been identified by Government and the community to address missing links on Canberra’s cycle and footpath network to make it easier for Canberrans to move around our city.
“I thank the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese and his Federal Labor colleagues for working with the ACT Government on a package of projects that will keep Canberrans connected and active.”
The joint funding will also assist with the ACT Government’s work on the currently unused Belconnen busway into a cycle freeway as part of its construction of a dedicated bikeway in Belconnen. The 4.7 kilometres of new bikeway will upgrade cycle paths that will connect the Belconnen Town Centre, the University of Canberra, Radford College and the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Bruce campus.
Stage two of the Heysen Street link from Lyons to Woden Town Centre will also be funded to create a new path along Devonport Street and Launceston Street between the end of the Heysen Street link and Melrose Drive, Lyons.