BUNDA Street is set to be transformed into a shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users as part of ACT Government plans to revitalise the city centre, Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury announced last week.
As part of the project, creative pavement treatments will be used to help make Bunda Street feel less like a conventional road, more pedestrian friendly and safer for all road users, with the speed limit to be reduced to 20 kilometres per hour.
"A shared space removes the conventional traffic control devices that regulate traffic by separating people from cars and bikes, such as line marking, kerbs and signage. Instead a shared space fully integrates all road users and pedestrians, which encourages negotiation of the space between different road users, resulting in a safe, slow speed and active environment," Mr Rattenbury said.
"The works are being conducted as part of the $6 million Civic Cycle Loop project - a 3.2 kilometre path that loops around the city and connects to existing paths that lead into the city, allowing greater access and safety for cyclists."
The Civic Cycle Loop project made up of four sections – Rudd Street, Marcus Clarke Street, Allara Street and Bunda Street. Works on the Rudd Street and Marcus Clarke Street sections were completed early 2013 and the upgraded Allara Street is due to open in the coming weeks.
"Unlike other sections of the Loop, which feature segregated cycle lanes on one or both sides of the street, a unique design has been chosen for Bunda Street, known as the Bunda Street shareway," the Minister said.
According to the government, key features of the Bunda Street shareway include:
- A 20 kilometre per hour speed limit with minimal signage or traditional line marking;
- Raised entry thresholds at each end of the street to signify a changed traffic zone;
- Additional kerb ramps to improve access for people with mobility impairment, pedestrians and cyclists;
- Removal of formal pedestrian crossings;
- Additional street trees, seating, feature lighting and bicycle parking; and
- Raised road pavement to the current footpath level at intersections.
Mr Rattenbury said construction along Bunda Street will be carried out in two key stages to minimise any impact on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Stage one will focus on the intersections of Bunda Street with Mort Street and Scotts Crossing. Minor work will also be carried out at the intersection of Bunda Street and Akuna Street. Stage two will focus on the intersection of Bunda Street with Genge Street and Petrie Street.
Footpaths are expected to remain open during the entire construction period and access maintained for delivery vehicles. Construction will also be minimised during the Christmas and New Year period to allow for increased Christmas shopping activity.
Work on the Bunda Street shareway is scheduled for completion by early-2015.
Photo: Artist's impression of the landscape design and layout of the Bunda Street shareway / ACT Government - Territory and Municipal Services.