The “CBR Cycle Routes” are a network of cycle routes between Canberra’s town centres. They do not all exist yet, and if people do not know about them, they almost certainly never will. Cycle paths are not built without community support.
Background to the urban planning process is found here.
The online Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool shows you the existing and intended Main and Local Community Routes. It is an urban planning tool, “created to provide timely route information for planners, developers and facility designers.”
Issues with the Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool are discussed here.
Starting with an example: a photo of part of the CBR Cycle Route C5, and below that what the ACT Government map of the route looks like.
The complete network of paths covers all of Canberra.
The community routes are a hierarchy of Principal, Main and Local Community Routes. As this is a planning tool, not all the paths currently exist. The tool includes the planning status: endorsed, intended and future. Endorsed plans are signed off, intended are likely to eventuate, and future, well,… who knows.
We need to ride across roads safely. A zebra crossing is laid out for pedestrians but can be used by cyclists (10 km/h). The priority crossing is found on Main Community Routes and bikes have the priority over cars.
There are three important documents for active travel.