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Barriers to cycling: not meant figuratively

When we discuss obstacles to cycling, it is often meant figuratively, but not in this post. As a cyclist, many barriers are placed in our way.

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 sometimes it gets a little too much. 🙂

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Horse stile on management trail, Majura Pines, Blue Metal Road, Mount Ainslie, Canberra
Horse stile on management trail, Majura Pines, Blue Metal Road, Mount Ainslie, Canberra
Locked swing gate, Mount Stromlo Observatory from a management trail on the west slopes of Mount Stromlo, Canberra
Locked swing gate, Mount Stromlo Observatory from a management trail on the west slopes of Mount Stromlo, Canberra
Open this gate please, new gate and fence along ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Open this gate please, new gate and fence along ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Walking only, open me please gate on ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
“Wicker” pedestrian gate on ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

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.

Common hazards

Gates: On Pipe Flat there are quite a few. Gates are often changed, even when there is a step through. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Gates: On Pipe Flat (along the Molonglo River) there are quite a few. Gates are often chained, even when there is a step through. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Cycle barrier: Melba is the cycle barrier paradise. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Cycle barrier: Melba is an absolute cycle barrier paradise. They can be hard to see at night. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Cattle grid: Mulligans Flat Road has three close together. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Cattle grid: Mulligans Flat Road has three cattle grid crossings close together. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Horse stile: Are common along the Bicentennial National Trail. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Horse stile: Common along the Bicentennial National Trail. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Stile: Common in Canberra Nature Park. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Stile: Common in Canberra Nature Park. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Swing gate: Can be hard to get around and be hazard for cyclists. Common in the National Arboretum. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap
Swing gate: A swing gate can be hard to get around, particularly if there is stones or drainage ditches on either side. Common in the National Arboretum. Source overpass-turbo and OpenStreetMap

Barrier types

The photos in the table are from OpenSteetMap. The barriers may look sometimes slightly different to that shown.

2 replies on “Barriers to cycling: not meant figuratively”

[…] Pipe Flat (management trail), Molonglo Valley – an example of a management trail and grey out property access beside it. CyclOSM v0.3.6 | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors Cooleman Ridge illustrates a common situation where the route around the private property can be quite a long one. The private service road (driveway) to the farm house is greyed out. Canberra Centenary Trail. CyclOSM v0.3.6 | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors […]

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