TCCS catalogues the community path network as cycle paths (CYCLEPATH) or footpaths (FOOTPATH). The footpaths are quite numerous and this allows us to plot a heatmap showing the footpath density which varies greatly depending on the suburb. The older suburbs generally do poorly.
There are maintenance targets for roads and maintenance targets for paths. How do they compare? We need to distinguish between filling potholes and resurfacing. Resurfacing is better. Similarly, community paths can be repaired superficially, or resurfaced for replaced. Unlike roads, paths are quite thin and replacement and resurfacing are quite similar processes.
The Act Auditor-General’s 2017 Report on community paths is damming and provides plenty of warning that the ACT Government needs to get on top of path maintenance. The most obvious thing is the lack of regular inspections.
Active travel contains an abundance of new terms. Here are some of the more common ones. The definitions are from the Active Travel Facilities Design – Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 (MIS05).
In the early 70’s, after several accidents and cyclists losing their lives, the National Capital Authority decided to build separated bike paths.