Belconnen Town Centre opened in the late 1970s. Over the last 40 years, we have had many plans to improve the cycle infrastructure but the progress has been slow. Here maps for the Belconnen district from 1992, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2022
This post shows maps of the grand plans for cycle infrastructure over a 30 year period: 1992-2022. Little has been done and there is still much to do.
Grand plans but nothing built
The ACT Strategic Cycle Network Plan, Technical Report, 6 August 2012 was made public from a freedom of information request (FOI 20-030).
The following are enlargements of ACT Government’s trunk cycling network from 2007 and 2011 for the area of Belconnen. The images are a little grainy, but you will get the gist. Since 2007 there has been hardly any change to the cycling networks in Belconnen. The ACT Cycling and Pedestrian Network Plan from 2011 is the same today except for the Belconnen Bikeway. Put in this context, the Belconnen Bikeway took ten years to build and is still not finished (as Benjamin Way is still unfinished).
Progress constructing off road cycle infrastructure in the ACT is painfully slow. The planned off road bike path along Belconnen Way past Weetangera and Hawker from Coulter Drive can be seen on the 2011 map as a proposed trunk path (Main Community Route). This path is the extension of the path along Belconnen Way that stops at Coulter Drive. Nothing has been done and its construction is still uncertain. There are other examples to be found on this map.
The proposed trunk network maps from the ACT Cycling and Pedestrian Network Plan from 2011 have never been built. That so little progress has been made would indicate that many more decades could pass before half of this network is built. The CBR Cycle Route network is even less ambitious, and the progress on that too is slow. Meanwhile, the ACT’s pollution is expected to double by 2060.
2016 ACT Election
Town centre since 2016