Civic cycle loop makes a start

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WORK has started to construct the $6 million, 3.2-kilometre cycle path in the city known as the Civic Cycle Loop.

Construction will be undertaken in four stages – Marcus Clarke Street, Bunda Street, Rudd Street and Allara Street – creating a loop around the city and connecting to the Sullivans Creek and Lake Burley Griffin cycle paths that lead into the city, says Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

“We know that in order to encourage more people onto bikes, safe infrastructure needs to be provided. This project will do that,” she says.

“The Civic Cycle Loop will provide cyclists with improved access to and around the City, minimising the risks associated with travel on congested footpaths and roads in the city area. To encourage less confident cyclists to ride more often, the majority of the Civic Cycle Loop will be segregated from general traffic.

“The first stage of construction will take place on Rudd Street, connecting Marcus Clarke Street and Northbourne Avenue. This section will provide 240 metres of 1.8 metre wide on-road cycle lanes on either side of the street.

“Work on this section is due for completion in October. Marcus Clarke Street will be the second section constructed followed by Bunda and Allara Streets. The entire project is due for completion in 2014.

“The most complicated section of the cycle loop is along Bunda Street, between Mort and Akuna Streets, and requires special design consideration due to the nature of the street with high pedestrian/traffic volumes as well as a vibrant retail and hospitality environment.”

The Civic Cycle Loop was identified as a priority project in 2009 as part of a Government review of walking and cycling infrastructure in the ACT. A working group made up of Government representatives and key stakeholders including Pedal Power, the Heart Foundation and the Canberra Pedestrian Forum was established in 2010 to help progress priority walking and cycling projects, including the Civic Cycle Loop.

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