Walking and cycling

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Working towards the long-term vision

Encouraging more active transport and making Canberra’s main avenues safer is an important priority for the ACT Government. Introducing light rail to Canberra creates a great opportunity to develop a vision of how cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and private vehicles integrate along our main avenues.

At this stage, we are seeking feedback on different cycling and pedestrian options for the Northbourne corridor to ensure that work for the light rail project meets community expectations and contributes to the long-term vision for the corridor. All feedback received will help inform the CIty and Northbourne Urban Design Framework project that is being led by the Environment and Planning Directorate.

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Previous consultation activities have demonstrated that the community has a keen interest in cycling options, with discussion raising the possibility of a dedicated cycle path in the median of the Northbourne corridor.

As part of latest design thinking for light rail and urban renewal along the Northbourne corridor, a range of options for cycling and pedestrian facilities have been developed. We are keen to discuss these options with stakeholders and the community to further understand the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

Four options have been identified and described in the forum discussions below. We have identified some pros and cons with the different approaches and we are really keen to know what you think. If you have a preference, take the online poll below.

Part of ongoing conversation on the urban renewal of the city centre and Northbourne corridor

Feedback that you provide on the walking and cycling options will inform the City and Northbourne Framework project. Further information on this project is provided at www.planning.act.gov.au.

Working towards the long-term vision

Encouraging more active transport and making Canberra’s main avenues safer is an important priority for the ACT Government. Introducing light rail to Canberra creates a great opportunity to develop a vision of how cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and private vehicles integrate along our main avenues.

At this stage, we are seeking feedback on different cycling and pedestrian options for the Northbourne corridor to ensure that work for the light rail project meets community expectations and contributes to the long-term vision for the corridor. All feedback received will help inform the CIty and Northbourne Urban Design Framework project that is being led by the Environment and Planning Directorate.

Thanks for your help so far...

Previous consultation activities have demonstrated that the community has a keen interest in cycling options, with discussion raising the possibility of a dedicated cycle path in the median of the Northbourne corridor.

As part of latest design thinking for light rail and urban renewal along the Northbourne corridor, a range of options for cycling and pedestrian facilities have been developed. We are keen to discuss these options with stakeholders and the community to further understand the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

Four options have been identified and described in the forum discussions below. We have identified some pros and cons with the different approaches and we are really keen to know what you think. If you have a preference, take the online poll below.

Part of ongoing conversation on the urban renewal of the city centre and Northbourne corridor

Feedback that you provide on the walking and cycling options will inform the City and Northbourne Framework project. Further information on this project is provided at www.planning.act.gov.au.

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  • Option-1_walking_and_cycling

    Option one aims to improve the location of the existing cycleway and footpath. Specifically, the footpath will be widened and improvements made to the existing on-road cycle lane such as rumble strips and green paint to further delineate the cycleway.

    We have identified some pros and cons of this approach below - what do you think?

    Pros

    • improved on road dedicated cycle lane
    • could be implemented in the short term
    • does not require the removal of existing verge trees
    • facilities for all users and all abilities
    • does not require major construction works
    • implementation can... Continue reading

    Option one aims to improve the location of the existing cycleway and footpath. Specifically, the footpath will be widened and improvements made to the existing on-road cycle lane such as rumble strips and green paint to further delineate the cycleway.

    We have identified some pros and cons of this approach below - what do you think?

    Pros

    • improved on road dedicated cycle lane
    • could be implemented in the short term
    • does not require the removal of existing verge trees
    • facilities for all users and all abilities
    • does not require major construction works
    • implementation can occur in stages
    • cyclists could cross intersections with north/south traffic signal minimising delays
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities

    Cons

    • potential conflict between pedestrian and cyclist on shared path
    • potentially no increase to on-road cycle land width

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  • Option-2_walking_and_cycling

    Option two proposes that the on-road cycle lane is removed allowing for the verge to be widened. The existing footpath is also widened creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians to use.

    We have identified some pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • provides a continuous facility on both sides for the entire avenue
    • provides a facility for all user groups
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities

    Cons

    • no dedicated facility for cyclists - requires cyclist to be off the road
    • would require major construction works (impact on storm water)
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    Option two proposes that the on-road cycle lane is removed allowing for the verge to be widened. The existing footpath is also widened creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians to use.

    We have identified some pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • provides a continuous facility on both sides for the entire avenue
    • provides a facility for all user groups
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities

    Cons

    • no dedicated facility for cyclists - requires cyclist to be off the road
    • would require major construction works (impact on storm water)
    • requires removal of existing trees
    • potential conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on shared path
    • difficult to stage and difficult to implement in the short-term
    • requires cyclists to cross intersections along the pedestrian crossings potentially causing delays

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  • Option-3_walking_and_cycling

    Option three (Copenhagen style) proposes an arrangement where the existing on-road cycle lane is reclaimed by the verge and cyclists and pedestrians are co-located on a widened path but at different levels.

    We have identified some pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • dedicated off road cycle facility, which is segregated from the pedestrians
    • facilities for all user groups
    • segregates user groups, minimising potential conflict
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities

    Cons

    • requires the removal of existing trees
    • difficult to stage implementation and therefore it's not likely to occur in the... Continue reading

    Option three (Copenhagen style) proposes an arrangement where the existing on-road cycle lane is reclaimed by the verge and cyclists and pedestrians are co-located on a widened path but at different levels.

    We have identified some pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • dedicated off road cycle facility, which is segregated from the pedestrians
    • facilities for all user groups
    • segregates user groups, minimising potential conflict
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities

    Cons

    • requires the removal of existing trees
    • difficult to stage implementation and therefore it's not likely to occur in the short to medium term
    • would require major construction works (impact on stormwater)
    • requires cyclists to cross intersections along pedestrian crossings potentially causing delays

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  • Option-4_walking_and_cycling

    The fourth option aims to improve safety and provide greater amenity for cyclists and pedestrians by providing a cycle lane in the median. In addition, the existing footpath could be widened to create a shared path for all users.

    We have identified som pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • dedicated off road segregated cycle facility
    • does not require removal of existing verge trees
    • implementation could occur in stages
    • cyclists could cross and intersections with north / south traffic signals minimising delays
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities
    • facilities for all... Continue reading

    The fourth option aims to improve safety and provide greater amenity for cyclists and pedestrians by providing a cycle lane in the median. In addition, the existing footpath could be widened to create a shared path for all users.

    We have identified som pros and cons with this approach - what do you think?

    Pros

    • dedicated off road segregated cycle facility
    • does not require removal of existing verge trees
    • implementation could occur in stages
    • cyclists could cross and intersections with north / south traffic signals minimising delays
    • improved pedestrian footpath facilities
    • facilities for all users and abilities
    • cycleway could be implemented as part of Capital Metro
    • the existing road cycle land could be reclaimed in the long term to further enhance the verge

    Cons

    • requires moderate construction activity however no realignment of services
    • dedicated cycle facility requires cyclists to cross to the median to use
    • potential conflict between pedestrians and cyclists at light rail stops
    • may not comply with rail safety requirements
    • limited space in median at light rail stops

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