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A new bikeway is coming to Belconnen. It will upgrade cycle paths in and around the town centre, including linking educational institutions to the east, and the former busway to the west.

We're seeking feedback on the initial bike path design. Help us finalise the design by:

  • commenting on the map below on alignment and where key facilities should be located
  • attending a drop-in session on Sunday 3 June from 10am to 12pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre
  • completing a hard copy survey at the Belconnen and Kippax public library branches.

We are looking at:

The Belconnen Bikeway will be a 4.7 km bike connection, connecting the Belconnen Town Centre with the University of Canberra and other key educational institutions and providing connectivity to western suburbs.

The Bikeway will provide an efficient, safe cycle facility and pedestrian paths to separate cyclists from pedestrians and vehicles, making the Belconnen region more “cycle-friendly”.

The Belconnen Bikeway preliminary design is presented in five sections with each section having its own unique urban and landscape character with user needs that require a different solution.

The Benjamin Way connection will provide 750 metres of protected bike lanes from College Street to Emu Bank including safer crossing opportunities at key intersections.

Check the 'Detailed alignment and design' tab for more information on what's being proposed and detailed designs on each section.

We will use your views to:

Feedback received during this consultation will inform the development of the final bike path plans.

Drop a pin below:

What do you think about the new bikeway coming to Belconnen?

Comment below on the:

  • proposed bike path
  • connections to nearby areas and facilities
  • location of key infrastructure and facilities such as drinking fountains and seating.

Detailed alignment and design

The Belconnen Bikeway will be a 4.7 km bike connection, connecting the Belconnen Town Centre with the University of Canberra and other key educational institutions and providing connectivity to western suburbs.

The Bikeway will provide an efficient, safe cycle facility and pedestrian paths to separate cyclists from pedestrians and vehicles, making the Belconnen region more “cycle-friendly”.

The Belconnen Bikeway preliminary design is presented in five sections.

Each section has its own unique urban and landscape character with user needs that require a different solution. For example, some sections are highly urban in a constrained setting with cycle and pedestrian movements requiring more exit/entry points along the path and a greater number of intersections. While others sections may allow for longer, uninterrupted sections of travel in a less constrained setting with less delay.

The Benjamin Way connection will provide 750 metres of protected bike lanes from College Street to Emu Bank including safer crossing opportunities at key intersections.

Belconnen Bikeway

Section A: The Old Busway

View the detailed design of this section.

The Bikeway will reuse the old busway from Coulter Drive through to Emu Bank re-envisioning the busway as a linear park. The fencing will be taken down while the existing pavement will be reused for a 3m wide cycle only path (two way) and a 2m wide pedestrian path. There will be a landscaped strip in the middle to separate the two paths.

Unused areas of busway pavement will be removed and landscaping will include grass and new trees along the length of the busway to start forming the linear park. The old busway’s southern end will interface with the Belconnen Town Centre with a new urban park area.

Section B: Emu Bank

View the detailed design of this section.

Emu Bank will see a mix of separated cycle facility and wide shared paths located in the northern verge.

Emu Bank west

Between Joynton Smith Drive and Luxton Street, the Bikeway will be a 2m wide shared path recognising the block may not be developed for some time. This anticipates the future development will deliver a separated facility and upgrade of the Joynton Smith Drive and Emu Bank intersection providing a safe crossing point for cyclists and pedestrians. There will be no changes to the section between Luxton Street and Biessel Street.

Biessel Street to the Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) will be a minimum 3 m wide shared path. The high activity area adjacent to the Benjamin Way intersection and the BAC verge will have a change in surface treatment and other measures to communicate the area is shared. This is to signify to cyclists they need to slow down, and to both cyclists and pedestrians they need to be aware of other users when walking through the area.

Emu Bank – central section

A few metres east of the BAC driveway the Emu Bank connection will start as a two way cycle only path located at road level with a wide kerb separating cyclists from vehicles. Priority paint and plastic speed bumps will be installed at driveway entries to slow vehicles crossing the Bikeway. The vehicle speed limit on Emu Bank will be reduced to 40km/h in line with speed reduction across the Town Centre core. Speed humps will be installed to slow vehicles.

Emu Bank east

At Eastern Valley Way the Bikeway will move up to verge level until Aikman Drive. The high activity area out the front of Ginninderra College will be a shared area with similar surface treatment as other areas to signify the need to go slow and be aware of other users.

Section C: Aikman Drive to Cooinda Street

View the detailed design of this section.

The Bikeway will utilise the existing shared path along Aikman Drive, recognising the University of Canberra’s plans to better integrate with the Belconnen Town Centre which may see significant change along this edge.

The Bikeway then returns to a separated 3m wide, two way cycle only path with a 2m wide separated pedestrian path as it traverses the open space behind CISAC. The paths will be separated by a landscape strip with grass and trees. New trees will be planted in this area.

A new raised hump zebra crossing will be constructed at Cooinda Street providing a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists.

Section D: College Street

View the detailed design of this section.

From Cooinda Street to the top of College Street the Bikeway will continue as a 3m wide, two way cycle only path with a 2m wide pedestrian path. An upright kerb will be used to separate the paths along this section.

Across the top of College Street the Bikeway will be a shared path up to the University entrance at Kirinari Street. The Kirinari Street entrance uses the shared path area treatment to reinforce respectful behaviour by all users and the area is widened to provide more space for this high activity area.

From Kirinari Street the Bikeway uses the edge of Pinaroo Street to provide a 3m wide, two way cycle only path separating cyclists from the busy bus stop and path along College Street. A wide kerb will separate cyclists from vehicles along Pinaroo Street.

The Bikeway utilises the traffic lights at College Street and Haydon Drive to provide a safe crossing point to the eastern verge of Haydon Drive.

Section E: Haydon Drive

View the detailed design of this section.

The separated cycle only path continues along Haydon Drive with a shared path area adjacent to the busy bus stop. After the bus stop, the Bikeway is a 2.5m wide two way cycle only path. The existing concrete path is retained for pedestrians and a barrier line will be marked on the road to keep the vehicles further from pedestrians.

The traffic signals at Battye Street provide a safe crossing point. A zebra style raised hump priority crossing will be installed across Purdie Street to create a safe crossing point for users to connect to the existing shared path network.

This section of the upgrade is currently a lower priority for delivery

Benjamin Way connection

View the cross section of the Benjamin Way connection.

The Benjamin Way connection will include:

  • new directional protected bike lanes between College Street and Emu Bank
  • intersection upgrades to make cycling and walking crossings safer and more convenient
  • improved East-West connections across the median
  • localised upgrades to widen the verge where existing footpaths are substandard
  • road crossing, drainage and surface upgrades to the existing shared path between College Street and Belconnen Way.

Belconnen Arts Centre Boardwalk extension

The ACT Government will extend the pedestrian boardwalk from Emu Inlet north of the Arts Centre precinct to the commercial precinct.

This will enhance the experience of recreational users of the Lake Ginninderra circuit path as well as supporting the extension of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

More detailed design options will be presented to the community for comment later in 2018.