Cycling in Belconnen: many problems, but much potential

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Feeling unsafe, poor bike paths and a lack of cycling infrastructure continues to frustrate many cyclists in and around the Belconnen Town Centre, according to the interim results of a new survey by Pedal Power.

The survey, which is being undertaken by Pedal Power as part of its formal submission to the ACT Government’s Belconnen Master Plan, has shown just 7 per cent of respondents consider cycling infrastructure around the Belconnen Town Centre as ‘good’, with a majority 47 per cent describing it as ‘barely adequate’.

In addition, over two thirds of respondents said they felt ‘not really safe’ or ‘not at all’ safe when riding in the area.

While the survey has shown many people are eager to ride to the Belconnen Town Centre – and find it easy to do so – they often find many problems once they arrive,” said Pedal Power Executive Officer, John Armstrong.

Overwhelmingly, respondents to the survey indicated the need for dedicated bike paths, on-road cycling lanes and storage infrastructure such as bike cages for those combining cycling with public transport.”

Mr Armstrong said the interim results provided valuable insight to the needs of cyclists in the area, and encouraged others to share their views on what could be done to improve cycling facilities in Belconnen.

“Over the past few years, the Belconnen Town Centre has seen considerable expansion – including major road changes, greater amounts of residential accommodation and stronger links to surrounding areas such as the University of Canberra.

“Alongside these changes, we’ve also seen a growing number of cyclists in the area – so it’s absolutely critical we ensure future development reflects the needs of people riding to work, school or for leisure.

“This information gathered through our survey will form an essential part of the Master Plan consultation process. I encourage anyone who rides, walks or takes public transport in the Belconnen Town Centre to share their thoughts.”

There is still time to have your say on the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan, take our online survey (this will take less than ten minutes). You have until 18th January to submit your responses!

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