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Plan to create ‘cycle freeway’

A new dedicated bikeway connecting the Belconnen Town Centre has been officially unveiled.

The ACT Government’s new bikeway project will connect the Belconnen Town Centre, the University of Canberra, Radford College and the CIT’s Bruce campus, providing better links to the surrounding suburbs.

The bikeway will start on Coulter Drive in Florey and continue along the old busway on Joynton Smith Drive to the Belconnen Town Centre, it will then run along Emu Bank through to UC to Haydon Drive via College Street.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the Belconnen Bikeway is the first separated cycle facility of its kind in the Canberra community path network, outside of the City cycleway.

“On part of the bikeway we’re literally turning the former Belco busway into a cycle freeway, to better connect Belconnen, with a separate path for pedestrians.”

Construction is expected to begin mid-2019 and take approximately 12 months to complete.

Also included in the current program of works for active travel improvements in the Belconnen Town Centre is the Benjamin Way protected cycleway project and the Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) foreshore path.

The Benjamin Way protected cycleway will run between College Street and Emu Bank, while the BAC foreshore path will connect the commercial precinct to the east of the Centre with the public parkland at Emu Inlet to the north.

More information on the Belconnen Bikeway and other projects in the area is available at tccs.act.gov.au

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