The Butters Bridge is the only bridge across the Molonglo for pedestrians and cyclists. Coppins Crossing is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, which leaves only Butters Bridge. Despite the bridge being built 8 years ago, the ACT Government has given little priority to building paths to the ends of this beautiful bridge. The completion of Namarag reserve in 2021 left the gates on Coppins Crossing Road locked. Lifting the bike over a gate is for many people impossible – wheelchairs included.
The documents found here are for Molonglo Stage 2 Transport Planning related information between 2010-2019 and were obtained through FOI 21-101215 1 April 2021, EPSDD. We highlighted 18 development plans (EDP), planning design frameworks (PDF), or development applications (DA) for the suburbs Coombs, Wright, Molonglo and Denman Prospect.
While the John Gorton Drive Bridge is well known by now, another river crossing has barely been mentioned. Minister Steel’s presentation last night at the Molonglo Valley Community Forum shed a little light on the subject.
Can the construction of direct and fast cycle highways be reconciled with environmental management? Crossing the Molonglo River is not so easy. ACT Environment is blocking the way. The Reserve Management Plan creates challenges to build cycle infrastructure in the Molonglo Valley.
The ACT Government goals found in the ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-25, the Molonglo River Reserve Management Plan 2019, and the Active Travel Framework conflict and are difficult to reconcile. These strategies show commonalities but there will be trade-offs. In the Molonglo Valley, active travel is poorly served.
People need paths. We all want good paths. Maintenance is expensive, boring and thankless. Active Streets is a budget measure to improve the paths in older suburbs, particularly around shopping centres and schools. Active Streets should not be confused with Active Travel Streets.
“It is not intended to represent the facilities that currently exist on the routes, rather it shows the best alignments for human powered transport and recreation. …”
The Molonglo River Reserve protection makes the development of the Molonglo Valley future urban area difficult. Here is a summary of the Molonglo River Reserve Management Plan from the perspective of cycling.
A case study of Denman Prospect and Whitlam – two suburbs in the Molonglo Valley, south and north of the Molonglo River – that are of particular interest to active travel in the Monlonglo Valley.
Once the suburb is built, its design is set in stone. A coherent network of continuous bike paths across the city needs a master plan for bike path infrastructure, upon which new suburbs can be designed and realised so that the new infrastructure interconnects. Suburb design starts with the end in mind. The suburb is a small unit of the much larger and longer endeavour, to build active travel networks across the city.