Construction will be undertaken in four stages – Marcus Clarke Street, Bunda Street, Rudd Street and Allara Street – creating a loop around the city and connecting to the Sullivans Creek and Lake Burley Griffin cycle paths that lead into the city.
“I’m pleased construction has begun on the Civic Cycle Loop, which will provide a continuous link around the city for cyclists,” the Chief Minister said.
“We know that in order to encourage more people onto bikes, safe infrastructure needs to be provided. This project will do that.
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“The Civic Cycle Loop will provide cyclists with improved access to and around the City, minimising the risks associated with travel on congested footpaths and roads in the City area. To encourage less confident cyclists to ride more often, the majority of the Civic Cycle Loop will be segregated from general traffic.
“The first stage of construction will take place on Rudd Street, connecting Marcus Clarke Street and Northboune Avenue. This section will provide 240 metres of 1.8 metre wide on-road cycle lanes on either side of the street. Work on this section is due for completion in October 2012. Marcus Clarke Street will be the second section constructed followed by Bunda and Allara Streets. The entire project is due for completion in 2014.”
One hopes the nastiest snarl in Civic, crossing Barry Drive from the Sullivans Creek path, will not be neglected.