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You control $13 million to spend upgrading any part of Canberra’s transport network… how would you spend the money?

By Sgt.Bungers - 15 May 2012 65

The ACT Gov recently awarded a $13,000,000 contract to build an extra lane for both directions of Parkes Way from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Ave. As usual, rioters are at odds regarding how Canberra’s transport infrastructure money should be spent.

If you were given the final say in how $13 million was spent on upgrading any aspect of Canberra’s transport infrastructure, what would you spend it on?

( Me? I’d commence building a direct and fully segregated cycle route between Belconnen and Civic. The route would be built with the intention of encouraging at least 20% of people commuting between the town centres to hop out of their cars and onto their bikes, thus freeing up motor vehicle traffic congestion. Initially the route would be between the two town centres, with connections into the hearts of Civic and Belconnen’s business and shopping districts. There would be connections to the uni’s, Calvary hospital and AIS. Once completed, the routes would be similar to this recent cycle route upgrade in the Netherlands. My 2c! )

What’s Your opinion?


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You control $13 million to spend upgrading any part of Canberra’s transport network… how would you spend the money?
Innovation 1:44 pm 15 May 12

Just out of curiosity – has anyone flagged the planned extra lane on Parkes Way as a bus or transit lane only? I expect that Molonglo would eventually get a direct bus route to the city and the extra lane would then be closed off to other road users. $13m probably would then be thought of as well spent if the alternative was to lose one of the existing lanes to buses.

molongloid 1:41 pm 15 May 12

p1 said :

With my $13m I would run a full scale experiment to determine if cost is a factor in determining the public’s use of public transport in the ACT.

Specifically – I would make ACTION Bus travel free until the $13m worth of fares run out.

In my mind it would be worth th cash to see it it actually encouraged a significant number of people to take the bus. If bus usage remained the same then we have a definite answer that cost isn’t the issue. If uptake increases, then we know that it is (and traffic will be reduced ’cause everyone is one the bus).

I don’t know how long it takes for ACTION to collect $13m in fares normally, but I assume it is a while, hopefully during that time more then a few people would get to like the busses.

+1

But some $$ on advertising it.

Diggety 1:22 pm 15 May 12

I’d buy a M1 Abrams tank, with a suggestions box hanging off the side.

dvaey 1:21 pm 15 May 12

Hank said :

I think this wish list is a great idea; maybe the local gov should build a little blog so residences can submit their local traffic/road issues and solutions.

NSW RTA (or whatever theyre calling themselves now) are starting to use this idea. Basically the system is setup to show a google map that you can drop markers onto to identify various issues (safety issues, near misses, general comments, etc).

Check out http://www.collaborativemap.org/home/

p1 1:19 pm 15 May 12

With my $13m I would run a full scale experiment to determine if cost is a factor in determining the public’s use of public transport in the ACT.

Specifically – I would make ACTION Bus travel free until the $13m worth of fares run out.

In my mind it would be worth th cash to see it it actually encouraged a significant number of people to take the bus. If bus usage remained the same then we have a definite answer that cost isn’t the issue. If uptake increases, then we know that it is (and traffic will be reduced ’cause everyone is one the bus).

I don’t know how long it takes for ACTION to collect $13m in fares normally, but I assume it is a while, hopefully during that time more then a few people would get to like the busses.

predator_pb 1:15 pm 15 May 12

Funny how the Dutch ride their bikes without helmets and don’t have the police chasing after them, lecturing them and handing out fines. Dutch politicians must have better things to do than making criminals out of bike riders…

Hank 1:03 pm 15 May 12

I think this wish list is a great idea; maybe the local gov should build a little blog so residences can submit their local traffic/road issues and solutions.

BenMac 1:02 pm 15 May 12

Jim Jones said :

I’m with you on the bike paths. The reason many people don’t cycle is because the cycle routes are incomplete and there are dangerous stretches everywhere.

Build it and they will come.

I call bull s*** on that one.

It may work on the flat grounded, no helmet wearing places like the Netherlands, where more than a generation have been riding. It won’t work here.

For a city where people think 10mins of heavy traffic is a “jam”, spending 45mins to 1hr riding will seem like forever.

aidan 12:41 pm 15 May 12

I ride over Bruce Ridge every day and I’m not sure that would be my first priority for Dutch style bicycle infrastructure. Casual cyclists would be deterred by the steep grade IMO. I have seen more than one person defeated by the hill and walking their bike.

I’d improve the cycle infrastructure through the inner north, make a route through Civic and through the Parli Triangle.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:52 am 15 May 12

I’d commission a detailed study to identify and quantify the worst ‘bottlenecks’, and then use the remainder of the money to implement strategies to reduce the effects of these bottlenecks.

jasmine 11:51 am 15 May 12

I would build an overpass (bridge) at the Hindmarsh Drive/Yamba Drive intersection where the traffic lights are at the hospital. On Hindmarsh Dr one can wait for 3-5 changes of lights before moving through. It is a real bottleneck and will only get worse with increased population and pressure on hospital. Or maybe just build a new hospital in Tuggeranong.

Solidarity 11:46 am 15 May 12

I’d go around and rip out intersections with traffic lights, replacing them with a roundabout. I can think of heaps of intersections that need it.

Also i’d spend the rest fixing some of the roads we have already… rip up all of the stupid speed bumps too, replacing them with chicanes if “road calming” measures are actually needed

Jim Jones 11:39 am 15 May 12

If you add extra lanes to roads, more cars will use them, and congestion will worsen anyway.

I’m with you on the bike paths. The reason many people don’t cycle is because the cycle routes are incomplete and there are dangerous stretches everywhere.

Build it and they will come.

davo101 11:29 am 15 May 12

Me? I’d commence building a direct and fully segregated cycle route between Belconnen and Civic.

Err doesn’t this exist already? I’ve ridden on a cycle path from the Belconnen bus interchange to the corner of Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke on a number of occasions and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t just imagining it.

buzz819 11:09 am 15 May 12

I can see why they want to add another lane, I mean if there were 35,000 riders using the bike path every day I could see the benefit of increasing the cycle route, fact is, there isn’t.

It is not just about the people who are going to the city either, people use that to get to the Parliamentary triangle, Fyshwick, Campbell, Brindabella park etc. So fixing a bike path would not be the answer to the problem.

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