Green Cycle Lanes in Canberra

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Green Cycle Lanes in Canberra

    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.

Media Awareness

    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

    the facilities

     ACT Department of Urban Services ; Roads ACT

     Level 7, Macarthur House ; 12 Wattle Street, Lyneham ACT 2602 Locked Bag 2000 ; Civic Square ACT 2608 ; Telephone (02) 62076868 ; Facsimile (02) 62076162 ACT Government Homepage:

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.

Problems Encountered

    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.

Future Plans

    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

    pavement markings.

Peter Thompson

    Roads ACT

    Ph 02 62076829

    March 2005

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