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Stromlo to Arbo – CyclingGravel

Canberra blog CyclingGravel – a ride from Stromlo to the National Arboretum.

CyclingGravel suggests a ride in Canberra through the Molonglo Valley. While the area is well known to many, the route through Denman Prospect over Butters Bridge is less known and worthwhile. Denman Prospect forest is an old pine forest that survived the bush fires in 2003.

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The full article can be found here.

Stromlo Forest Park is enjoyed by mountain bikers – including those who like technical single track, switchbacks and jumps.  This is not my kind of thing – I’m happy to slog up a hill for a great descent, but constant navigation of rock gardens and steep lips is just a bit annoying.  What I do like, however, is riding Stromlo’s maintenance tracks / fire trails.”

Stromlo to Arbo – CyclingGravel, accessed 13/7/2020

Warning: locked gates

This route along the Molonglo Valley River Reserve has the usual problem with locked gates. The gates are locked to keep cars out. There are many types of barriers that block cars but allow pedestrians, cyclists, and horses easy access. Pedestrians and cyclists are generally permitted in Canberra Nature Park but the gate design does not reflect this policy. A locked gate keeps everybody out who cannot climb over or through the gate, as well as cyclists who cannot lift their bikes over the gate. Locked gates disadvantage those the most who are already disadvantaged. Canberra Nature Park is for everybody.

More about cycling barriers here and how it is done well here.

Locked gates along the route Stromlo to Arbo – CyclingGravel. Map Overpass-Turbo. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors.

Here is how it is done in Stromlo. Horses, pedestrians and cyclists can easily pass this locked gate. Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest.

Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Horses, pedestrians and cyclists can easily pass this locked gate. Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

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