18 April 2024

Kingston pop-up cycleway trial aims to better protect cyclists pedalling on our roads

| Claire Fenwicke
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Pop Up Cycle lane

A pop-up cycle lane (similar to the one pictured) will be piloted on Bowen Drive in Kingston. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra’s on-road cycling lanes could soon become much brighter if a Kingston trial is labelled a success.

A trial of a two-way protected cycle lane will be established on Bowen Drive between Kings Avenue Bridge and the Bowen Park car park to see if it’s a viable option to provide separation between cyclists and motorists.

City Services Minister Tara Cheyne said this was based on feedback from the community and advocacy groups about the need for the government to invest in separated cycling infrastructure to make cycling safer and more accessible.

“The protected cycle lane will provide much-needed additional capacity for cyclists to address the current heavy use of the route around Lake Burley Griffin to the Kingston Foreshore. Importantly, it will provide separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” she said.

“The trial of this infrastructure will influence future decision-making about the roll-out of similar infrastructure in other areas of Canberra.”

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The trial is stage one of the two-stage Kingston Cycleway project, which will deliver new and upgraded cycling infrastructure from the Kings Avenue Bridge to Cunningham Street.

Design work is expected to begin soon on the second stage of the Kingston Cycleway to deliver new and upgraded active travel infrastructure.

Construction on the separated cycleway will begin in the coming weeks and is forecast to take about two months.

The cycleway will be made from recycled and sustainable materials.

Once construction was complete, Ms Cheyne said signage would be installed delineating the cycle lane from the now pedestrian-only off-road path.

“We want more Canberrans to choose to walk or ride to their destination and we recognise a key component in increasing the uptake of active travel is in the infrastructure available,” she said.

Pop-up cycleway projects are intended to provide the same safety outcomes as traditional infrastructure, but they’re made of temporary materials and are generally less expensive to build.

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More than $30 million in active travel improvements were announced in the 2023-24 ACT Budget and subsequent mid-year budget review, bringing the total to more than $94 million over the forward estimates.

Ms Cheyne said investment was continuing on feasibility studies and design work to strengthen the future active travel network, ensure the government’s priorities matched those of Canberrans, and support the city’s growth.

“Significantly, this includes more pop-up and quick-build projects with a consultancy tender currently out to market to identify what is required to facilitate these projects, what they may look like and what locations would be suitable for this type of infrastructure,” she said.

“We want more Canberrans to walk and ride more often across our extensive path network. Providing new infrastructure and enhancing our existing network to make it safer and more attractive is a key deliverable in achieving this.”

More information on planned and in progress active travel improvements can be found on the City Services website.

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We should try a pop up liberal government.

For most people it would be hard to waste as much money as the government, however they seem to do it so effortlessly.

Capital Retro9:32 am 20 Apr 24

Our permanent ACT Government hasn’t had a good experience with “pop up” ventures:


This is such a great idea and Canberra needs more of it. Motorists need to realise that investment in alternative transport infrastructure benefits them by reducing congestion.

Capital Retro10:23 pm 19 Apr 24

Cyclists have to also realise that not everyone can ride a bike or don’t have a use for one, right?

Nor can everyone drive a car “or don’t have use for one”.
At least, not at the rego/upkeep/fuel cost/parking cost etc etc price point.
Bonus points, if you’re distracted on a bike by phone etc you prang and look like a twat but you don’t wipe out a family of 5 in oncoming traffic.

Sure, pushing for infrastructure can seem like pandering, but it’s extremely cheap infrastructure. Don’t need to resurface every 5 years, don’t have to use 30 tonne machines to grade, compact, and level it all.

It’s cheap. Concerns remain about people being entitled clowns, but in the scheme of things that’s still not the worst possibility.

Can we please consider pedestrians as the more vulnerable people crossing the roads, making sure cyclists do not cut across us as we attempt to walk across pedestrian crossings. If they get off their bikes and walk just like us, we’ll be safer.

It would also be good if traffic lights were set so pedestrians could actually get across the road in the time where they’re green for us. Too many traffic lights at pedestrian crossings do not allow enough time for fit people to cross, let alone those who’re older, disabled or children eg lights on Canberra Avenue at Nyrang Street.

we will either abandon activities which harm our planetary life support system, or the planet will make sure we do; in the last resort by killing us

This is a taste of the future. For personal health, for our land’s preservation from devastation by drought flood and heat, for Australia’s ability to actually feed its people, we must take all measures to eliminate polluting tech and live differently

Hanna Allison2:43 pm 19 Apr 24

So when are bicycle riders going to pay rego etc , and how about a plate on the back and front so they can be fined , same as the rest of us!!
and does Tara Cheyne walk or ride a bike to work.

Agree that bicycles and scooters should be registered and have identification such as number plates in case of accidents. However the costs of this should be low, as the damage they cause to roads (and thus the cost of repairs) is tiny in comparison to cars, utes, 4 wheel drives and trucks etc.

They should also be insured as they can and do harm others on occasion and those injured need access to costs and compensation.

Never. Every scheme introduced has failed and been stopped, bar North Korea. They never stack up on cost/benefit grounds. They work for motor vehicles because of the much greater harm motor vehicles cause.

This is a good step forwards to relieve the congestion and safety issues between shared path users on this stretch, especially on the weekends. The whole stretch between the Foreshore and National Library needs pragmatic development like this.

Agreed – I love seeing so many people out and about in the Triangle on the weekends, but it definitely makes it hard to manage the conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians. This additional path seems like a very good idea.

Such a silly idea. Would cost a tonne to implement, would discourage active transport which reduces congestion and improves health and provide little, if any, positive outcomes.

The should pay registration and insurance if they want to ride on road better off putting in a motorcycle lane in more motorcyclist die on the road then cyclists

Such a dumb idea. Would cost a tonne to implement, would discourage active transport which reduces congestion and improves health and provide little, if any, positive outcomes.

Bike riders in particular (and active transport users in general) already pay their way and are a relatively lower societal cost group than in-active transport users.
Point 1: Roads are by definition for the conveyance of people, goods and services and predate cars (and all motorised transport) by several millennia.
Point 2: The sealing of Australian roads also predates motorised transport and was to make them more usable by active transport users.
Point 3: Most adult bike riders own, register and insure at least one motorised vehicle and many also insure themselves and their bicycles.
Point 4: Registration fees don’t even cover the cost of the registration process, with the provision and maintenance of road infrastructure paid for by the whole community out of consolidated revenue from all taxes across the whole economy.
Point 5: Frequent use of active transport increases the health and well being of users and thereby reduces the health costs associated with them throughout their lives.
We are paying our way.
Are you?

Modern roads are based around motorised transport because it’s the best transport for people, goods and services over many scales. Bicycles predate cars by only a few decades. All but a very small fraction of road sealing in Australia was undertaken for motorised transport.

Fuel tax was established with the express purpose of funding transport expenditure regardless of the actual revenue structure which exists due to constitutional reasons. Since only 50-60% actually goes to transport – including heavy vehicles and rail, this means motorists are subsidising non-motorists. The tax structure could be changed but taxes elsewhere would have to rise. Registration fees do cover the process – renewals are just updating a database. Bicyclists do not pay for themselves – there is no revenue greeted while non-bicyclists also pay various taxes that fund projects for them.

Australia has a longer life expectancy than the supposedly wonderful European countries. Active transport is not an important factor on a country level. And motorists cover a large proportion of their costs through mandated insurance programs. Don’t get me started on the various modelling exercises that are just ideology projections.

I already pay registration for my two cars, and caravan, plus have insurance. Importantly, I already pay taxes etc which is what actually pays for the transport system, roads etc. I love riding bicycles too, and the more people ride bikes the better off we will all be as a community.

The more bike lanes and cycling infrastructure that we have, then the more people ride bikes. which would be great.

Mbnast, you’ve really got to learn to let go mate. Your picayune ponderings really are embarrassing to read.

Capital Retro8:06 am 19 Apr 24

Headline should have been:

“ACT Government finds new way to waste more money”

Car-centric transport policy and infrastructure is the most egregious waste of money I am aware of

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