Construction is now underway on the Belconnen Bikeway with the first sod turned today by Minister for Roads and Active Travel Chris Steel and Members for Ginninderra Gordon Ramsay and Tara Cheyne.
"The ACT Government is delivering on our commitment at the election to build a bikeway to connect the Belconnen Town Centre with the University of Canberra, Radford College and the CIT's Bruce campus. Today we are a step closer to delivering on that commitment with release of final designs and start of construction," Minister Steel said.
"The 4.7 kilometre bikeway, comprises both shared and separated cycling and pedestrian facilities, to make it easier for people to move around Belconnen. This active travel infrastructure will improve accessibility, provide safer and faster connections to places of work and recreation."
The bikeway will start on Coulter Drive in Florey and continue along the old busway on Joynton Smith Drive to the Belconnen Town Centre, continuing along Emu Bank through to the University of Canberra to Haydon Drive via College Street.
"We've also been progressing design work on the Benjamin Way protected cycleway and the Belconnen Arts Centre foreshore path. This work will be finalised in the coming months with construction expected to begin on the foreshore path early in the new year.
The project will also see the planting of around 200 new trees to create shadeways along the route.
"A combination of native and exotic species will be planted helping to provide shade that supports active travel along the bikeway.
"The ACT Government is investing in active travel infrastructure that encourages Canberrans to walk or ride when they can.
"Projects like the Belco bikeway are helping to make Canberra remains one of the most accessible cities in Australia for pedestrians and cyclists," Minister Steel said.
For more information on the Belconnen Bikeway and other projects in the area, visit Transport Canberra and City Services website.
**Project designs available on request**
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