Community Path Priority List: 19 km bike paths, just $10.2 million

TCCS is the department of many lists. The Community Path Priority List is one of these lists. The ACT Government’s own Active Travel Standards (MIS05) for bike paths mandate a minimum 2.5 m path width in retrofit (replacement) and even wider for new paths. Many paths on the Community Path Priority List are not compliant as cycle infrastructure. Those that are compliant, belong to the strategic cycle infrastructure and are found here.

Overview

The TCCS FOI 21-126 Community Path Priority List (2021-11-17) contains 569 projects but only 40 match the minimum criteria or better for strategic cycle infrastructure. The total length of the strategic paths is close 19 km and could be built for $10.2 million. Some projects are quite short but 8 projects are greater than a kilometre in length.

total projects569
strategic40
%7%
total distance18970 m
min length7 m
max length2200 m
2021-11-17 FOI 21-126 Community path priority list, compiled canberra.bike, 19 March 2022.

ACT Greens have adopted a wishlist approach to strategic cycle infrastructure inviting everybody to suggest where they would like the path. Community Councils have another opinion on investment priorities. The proposed active travel network shown in the Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool is not up-to-date. The TCCS strategic policy documents – ACT Transport Strategy – show the CBR Cycle Routes as a strategic network but investment in this network has largely been neglected.

The problem is not a lack of ideas but rather where to start, how to find the FTE to do the work, and including the necessary capital in the budget. We need more building instead of making new lists. Many of the bike paths on Canberran’s wish lists have been discussed since 2003. TCCS tends to procrastinate when overwhelmed with along list. This article focuses on the 39 strategic cycling projects TCCS Community Path Priority List (stand 2021-11-17).

The cost lies around $1 million for 6000 square metres of surface. For a 3 m wide path, the length of the path would be about 2 km.

Analysis by canberra.bike from the data from FOI 21-126 and FOI 21-008 Community path priority list

Investment required for strategic cycle infrastructure

The total investment is estimated to be $10.2 million. Cost estimates were missing for three projects – perhaps the projects were new to the list. Good value for money!

rank 10 Dec 21RoadSuburbscoreestimate $000comment
2Luxton StreetBelconnen71$24
3Kingsland ParadeCasey70$5
12Hardwick CrescentHolt58$518
17Callam StreetPhillip52$61
24Yamba DriveGarran49$394
34Taverner StreetOxley46$296
40Haydon DriveBruce45$812
41Stockman AvenueLawson45$678
54Athllon DrivePhillip43$347
76Yamba DriveMawson39$398
79Wonga StreetO´Connor38$291
90Newcastle StreetFyshwick37$1338
99Tharwa DriveCalwell39$162
103Lennox CrossingActon35$86
109Athllon DriveMawson
125William Slim DriveGiralang34$33
130Eyre StreetKingston33$180
142Bugden AvenueFadden33$17
146Michael Holt CrescentConder32$303bridge
148Katoomba StreetHarrison32$165
153Menindee DriveBarton32$158
158Dixon DriveHolder
164Victoria StreetHall32$508
200Cotter RoadHolder31$72
213Schlich StreetYarralumla30$101
220Julia Flynn GardenIsaacs30$71
242Shannon CircuitKaleen29$422
247Athllon DriveWanniassa28$26
254Cotter RoadDuffy28$86
291Gungahlin DriveMitchell26$5
316Trinity Christian SchoolWanniassa25$64
351Charles Weston SchoolCoombs23$12
359Riley PlaceChifley22$28
370Isabella DriveIsabella Plains22$203
378Alexandrina DriveYarralumla21$153
381Hindmarsh DriveDuffy21$634
456Traynor CourtMelba17$1576bridge
464Kavangal CircuitNgunnawal
503Mackellar CrescentCook14$7
Totals39$10234
2021-11-17 FOI 21-126 and 2021-01-28 FOI 21-008 Community path priority list, compiled canberra.bike, 19 March 2022.

How much does a community path cost in the ACT? Cost of the project versus the area of the path.

How much does a community path cost in the ACT? Cost of the project versus the area of the path. 2021-11-17 FOI 21-126 and 2021-01-28 FOI 21-008 Community path priority list, compiled canberra.bike, 19 March 2022.

Canberra.bike has been interested in costing the construction of bike paths in the ACT for some time. TCCS has the data but does not make it public. The TCCS FOI 21-126 and FOI 21-008 provide a sizeable sample of data to do so.

How much does it cost to build a bike path in the ACT?

The cost lies around $1 million for 6000 square metres of surface. For a 3 m wide path, the length of the path would be about 2 km.

The strategic cycle infrastructure

Rank RoadSuburblength (m) width (m)
2Luxton StreetBelconnen652.5
3Kingsland ParadeCasey102.5
12Hardwick CrescentHolt11502.5
17Callam StreetPhillip1103
24Yamba DriveGarran7002.5
34Taverner StreetOxley9852.5
40Haydon DriveBruce18803
41Stockman AvenueLawson11302.5
54Athllon DrivePhillip1204
76Yamba DriveMawson11002.5
79Wonga StreetO´Connor603
90Newcastle StreetFyshwick22003
99Tharwa DriveCalwell4502.5
103Lennox CrossingActon1833
109Athllon DriveMawson7552.5
125William Slim DriveGiralang523
130Eyre StreetKingston4002.5
142Bugden AvenueFadden452.5
146Michael Holt CrescentConder72.5
148Katoomba StreetHarrison5002.5
153Menindee DriveBarton4352.5
158Dixon DriveHolder1642.5
164Victoria StreetHall10853
185Morshead DriveCampbell6604
200Cotter RoadHolder2002.5
213Schlich StreetYarralumla2582.5
220Julia Flynn GardenIsaacs1832.5
242Shannon CircuitKaleen10742.5
247Athllon DriveWanniassa602.5
254Cotter RoadDuffy2402.5
291Gungahlin DriveMitchell112.5
316Trinity Christian SchoolWanniassa852.5
351Charles Weston SchoolCoombs342.5
359Riley PlaceChifley782.5
370Isabella DriveIsabella Plains5202.5
378Alexandrina DriveYarralumla4252.5
381Hindmarsh DriveDuffy13002.5
456Traynor CourtMelba2102.5
464Kavangal CircuitNgunnawal282.5
503Mackellar CrescentCook182.5
Totals40189702.5 min
2021-11-17 FOI 21-126 Community path priority list, compiled canberra.bike, 19 March 2022.
2021-11-17 FOI 21-126 Community path priority list, compiled canberra.bike, 19 March 2022.

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