Green Cycle Lanes in Canberra
Green pavement treatment has been installed on on-road cycle lanes in Canberra for 3 years now, this document details experiences with the markings.
Number and Location of Sites
Currently there are approximately 20 sites throughout Canberra where green pavement
treatment in on road cycle lanes have been placed.
Generally the markings have been placed on cycle lanes on arterial roads and high
traffic flow areas where the traffic speed is 60 to 80 km per hour to mark a potential
area of conflict between a vehicle and a cyclist. The majority of treatments have been
placed on exit ramps and left turn slip lane crossing areas , treatment has also been
placed to mark a roundabout and across a high volume entry to an arterial roads both
on a main cycle route.
Where to place the markings
Roads ACT has developed a warrant system to determine where green cycle markings
should be placed within the road network. This system assesses traffic speed, type of
intersection, cycle and traffic volumes, visibility and if cycling facilities exist at the
Placement of Materials
The green cycle markings were placed using RTA 110 as a technical specification,
with emerald green as a colour and a minimum skid resistance of 45 BPN. Contractors
in the ACT have placed “Degadur” a long life linemarking product that is applied cold
to meet the specification. Streetprint has been placed at one location. These treatments
have been costing in the order of $80 - $100 per sq.metre to install.
All but one of the sites are asphalt surfaces with the remaining site a spray seal. The
spray seal required additional material to fill the voids in the surface to produce the
same colour intensity.
A media campaign was run to coincide with the placement of the green cycle
markings. A short television commercial was filmed in Canberra to raise community
awareness of the new green cycle facilities; this commercial was run on commercial
television for around 6 weeks. Advertisements were placed in the local papers to
provide additional information about the use of the green cycle markings
Users of the Facilities
The majority of users of these facilities are commuter cyclists who ride on the on road
facilities in Canberra. Weekday mornings and afternoons are the peak usage times for
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Public Acceptance of the Facilities
The introduction of on road cycling to Canberra has taken some time to gain public
acceptance as roads were narrowed in some locations to retrofit cycle lanes that
conformed with standards for width and speed environment without road widening.
Although on road cycle facilities have been present on arterial roads within Canberra
for several years, a recent project that installed on road cycle lanes between Woden
and Dickson on a number of major arterials has caused much ongoing debate on the
merits of on road cycling over the previous year.
A media campaign including a TV commercial on green pavement treatment and a
number of newspaper advertisements in the middle of last year has led to greater
public acceptance; however, a tension remains between supporters and opponents of
on road cycling. The ongoing letters to the editor of the “Canberra Times” and a call
by the opposition for a moratorium on on-road cycling are testament to the concern in
the community on the issue.
In locations where pavement treatment has been placed where previous linemarkings
has been removed failure of the coloured material has occurred within 12 months.
The failures appear to have been caused by the damage caused to the pavement by the
previous linemarking or from the removal process or a combination of both. Work is
currently being undertaken to rectify the premature failures.
In several locations tyre marks remain on the surface where vehicles have braked
heavily, these are not removed following rain.
Additional on road cycling facilities are planned for the ACT in future years as funds
are available. This year a project in Woden will see an additional 6 sites receive green
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