Transport Canberra and City Services


Ainslie and Weston

In late 2015 a community consultation was held to identify improvements to active travel infrastructure and facilities in Ainslie and Weston to make it easier for older residents to get around.

During the six week consultation period over 220 surveys were completed. Overall, responses were very positive and supportive of the project.

Following the community consultation and site analysis, the construction of priority improvements in Ainslie and Weston has been completed. A summary of the priorities constructed for each suburb is provided below.

Implementation of further priorities where required will be considered as part of the ACT Government's ongoing maintenance programs.

Weston

A total of 75 surveys were collected for Weston. Survey results showed a high level of public awareness regarding the importance of keeping active throughout life. Over 80% of respondents listed walking as their method of transport to move in and around Weston.

Over 85 percent of Weston residents wanted to see better footpaths as a first or second priority. Footpaths within the open space network, Namatjira Drive and Gruner Street, were selected as that most walked or cycled streets in Weston.

Road crossing improvements, which included kerb ramp upgrades as well as pedestrian refuge islands, were selected as the second highest priority to improve accessibility in Weston. Common streets listed for road crossing improvements included Namatjira Drive (near Dillon Close and the Mirinjani Aged Care Facility) and Heysen Street.

Lighting (27%), open space and verge maintenance (23%) and bus stop improvements (17%) were also notably mentioned as a first or second highest priority.

Weston's priority one improvements

Map reference

Location

Issue

Improvement

Crossing improvements

C2

Namatjira Drive - Mirinjani Village

High-volume pedestrian crossing.

Install new speed cushion

Footpath improvements

P1

Namatijra Drive underpass (south side)

Desire line from shared path to McDonald's car park, and difficult cross fall on ramp up to Namatjira Drive

Upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive

P2

Namatijra Drive underpass (north side)

Steep grade section from road level joining shared path

Upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive

P3

Hilder Street opposite Lycett Street

Desire line

Construction of new 1.5 metre footpath

P4

Footpaths within open space west of Cooleman Court

Uneven and hazardous sections of footpath Cyclist/pedestrian conflict on shared path

Isolated footpath improvements and additional signage

P5

Shared path near Weston Uniting Church

Missing link connecting path from car park to the shared path

New 1.5 metre path connecting to existing shared path

Ainslie

A total of 156 surveys were completed for Ainslie. Similar to Weston, a high percentage of respondents selected walking and cycling as their preferred method of transport.

Nearly 90% of respondents would like to see more footpath improvements in Ainslie as a first or second priority to make it easier and more convenient for users to walk and cycle. Wakefield Gardens, Cowper Street, Hawdon Street and Duffy Street were identified as being used most frequently for walking and cycling. Improvements could include removal of trip hazards and footpath widening.

Road crossing improvements which could include kerb ramp upgrades as well as pedestrian refuge islands were selected as the second highest priority to improve accessibility in Ainslie. Wakefield Avenue and Cowper Street were common streets listed for road crossing improvements.

Verge maintenance (38%), bus stop improvements (16%) and more rest points (11%) were also notably mentioned as a first or second highest priority.

Ainslie priority one improvements

Map reference

Location

Issue

Improvement

Crossing improvements

C1

Wakefield Avenue/Wakefield Gardens

Long road crossing distance and non compliant kerb ramp

Realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps

C5

Cowper Street/Bonney Street/Foveaux Street

Complicated intersection crossing

New alignment of road crossings and footpath

Footpath improvements

P1

Northern footpath on Wakefield Avenue (Angus Street to Wakefield Gardens)

High pedestrian traffic that is too narrow to allow easy passage
Existing footpath in poor condition

New 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps

P2

Wakefield Gardens Park

High pedestrian traffic has eroded grass creating uneven surfaces
Footpath is narrow and difficult for cyclists and mobility device users to turn

Areas to be filled to provide users with a wider turning circle

P3

Hawdon Street

Difficult intersection crossings

Realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps

P5

Suttor Street and O’Connell Street

High pedestrian traffic that is too narrow to allow easy passage
Existing footpath in poor condition

Construction of new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps where required

P6

Cox Street and O’Connell Street

As above

As above

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