When we discuss obstacles to cycling, it is often meant figuratively, but not this time. As a cyclist, you will quickly notice the number of obstacles that are thrown in your path. The older areas of Canberra were not built for the cyclist.
As a cyclist, we are accustomed to being careful, and we know that many motorists and pedestrians do not seem to notice us. A bike is either too fast or too quiet for many people. This is one of the reasons why we need to be seen – as we cannot be heard. We need to keep our eyes open crossing roads and travelling along community paths. The barriers are an extra burden and discourage cycling. 🙂
Below in the table are photos of barrier types found in Canberra. Some are more common than others. Some are safer than others. Some can be hard to see in the dark, particularly when the paths are unlit.
Gates: On Pipe Flat (along the Molonglo River) there are quite a few. Gates are often chained, even when there is a step through.
Cycle barrier: Melba is an absolute cycle barrier paradise. They can be hard to see at night.