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Kama: bikes not wanted

I recently commented on Kama, Molonglo River Reserve. This is an update for that post after walking there today.

“No bike” signs have been put up on the northern entrances to Kama. This surprised me. There is no mention of policy change on the ACT Environment website or in the Molonglo River Reserve Plan. No explanation apart from these small signs.

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This discovery was just by chance. I was visiting The Pinnacle Offset Area (the new lower section) and crossed William Hovell Drive to sweep the northern section of Kama.

Do not be put off by the names of the management trails. They can be ridden. Kama, Molonglo River Reserve, Canberra. Source: CyclOSM with OpenStreetMap
No cycling in Kama, The Pinnacle Offset Area to the north and Kama to the south of William Hovell Drive, Canberra. The map will be corrected. Source: CyclOSM with OpenStreetMap

I started at the car park off William Hovell Drive. It can only be approached from the west. William Hovell Drive is a 90 km/h road and has a good on-road bike lane from the west and a horrible one from the east. North of the car park is The Pinnacle Reserve Offset Area and to the south the Kama Nature Reserve. They are separated by a short stock underpass, freshly painted with street art.

Looking east, turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Looking east, turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Looking west, turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Looking west, turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen

There are two entrances on the north side of the Kama Nature Reserve, and both are of the step-through type and padlocked with a chain to stop cars. Both gates now have a sign that dogs and bikes are not permitted.

Sign "no dogs" and "no bicycles", locked step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Sign “no dogs” and “no bicycles”, locked step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Locked step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Locked step-through gate, turning circle, management trail beside William Hovell Drive, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve

I will leave the photos so that you can see what the area looks like. It would make a nice family walk on a sunny winter day. But leave the bikes at home.

Management trail, western side, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Management trail, western side, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Flowers, power line trail, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Flowers, power line trail, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk looking south, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk looking south, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk looking south, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk looking south, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk down the hill from the eastern gate, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve
Dam Walk down the hill from the eastern gate, Kama, Molonglo River Reserve

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