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Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:45 am
by Ross
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-25/o ... ey/4090364

Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley
Updated June 25, 2012 10:37:27


The ACT Government will construct an off-road bicycle and pedestrian path alongside the Majura Parkway in Canberra's north.

Canberra cycling body Pedal Power has been lobbying the Government to include an off-road track as part of the 12 kilometre duel carriageway project, which will link the Monaro and Federal highways.

The Government will now spend $500,000 on design work and an environmental impact assessment of the off-road facility.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says that will help determine the final cost of the project.

"The path is proposed to be 3.5 metres wide and will connect with paths from the Morshead Drive/Pialligo Avenue intersection as well as Horse Park Drive and the Federal Highway," she said.

Ms Gallagher says the Government recognises the need for a safe off-road path to complement on-road cycle lanes.

"The proposed off-road shared path will provide another means for cyclists to get to and from work," she said.

"It will also help recreational walkers and cyclist, as well as tourists, to access the various businesses along the route, the Majura pine plantation and other Majura Valley tourist facilities which are particularly popular on weekends," she said.

The pathway is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the Parkway in 2016.


Not sure if this is an "off-road" path as in for MTBers or a sealed path that is seperate from the road.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:04 pm
by jindydiver
There is a website set up by the gov for the info on the road and it plainly shows the bikes will have a lane on the road

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:10 pm
by cp123
and the peasants are already revolting... http://the-riotact.com/plans-for-majura ... path/76060 :lol:

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:39 pm
by jindydiver
cp123 wrote:and the peasants are already revolting... http://the-riotact.com/plans-for-majura ... path/76060 :lol:


They have some valid points. I don't see many commuters using this path, both ends of it coming out the wrong side of anywhere except the airport. Why aren't they putting a path like this in on Cotter road, where many more people are likely to need it.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:15 pm
by DavidH
jindydiver wrote:I don't see many commuters using this path, both ends of it coming out the wrong side of anywhere except the airport.

I would have used it today as I rode up to Eagle Hawk then back through Civic and out to Fairbairn (where I commute every day). But I get your point...it's generally a pretty lonely commute.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:02 pm
by HAKS
I won't commute on it but will def use it for weekend rides.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:43 pm
by mrgolf
Man, considering I work in Campbell and live in Watson, this is an awesome extended commute. Cant wait.

Also, I can see new training rides utilising this road. But probably not during peak hour as there is no where safe on road to ride in a medium size bunch on the Piallago end. It will be good, though.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:31 am
by deadcat
build it and they will come!
hard to guage useage before it's built.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:24 am
by mrgolf
Apparently they are starting to log lower Majura in the next week or so. Shame. As a mountain biker in my non roadie times, it seems a shame to lose the best bits of Majura. Shame they couldn't have diverted it more uphill... Either way, it seems I have had my last ride at Majura. :(

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:14 pm
by bella26
As someone who works in Majura Business Park I can certainly say that there will be many of us who will be pleased to see this built.

Re: Off-road cycleway for Majura Valley

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:54 pm
by GolferGoneMad
+1 for me, I'll be using it to travel to work.....fingers crossed