Pushing uphill in Whitlam

Local Community Route crossing Sculthorpe Avenue, close to Shillam Chase, Whitlam, ACT

The lower section of Whitlam Stage 2 has opened so that we now have access to the ridge bike path that as been the topic of discussion for over two years now. In Whitlam, the bike paths have not been built along alignments that provide low gradient that bicycle need. The result is some of the steepest paths in Canberra.

This is the 4th post on the topic. The video profiles the steep section of path. It is hard to believe, but Whitlam Stage 2 was opened over two years since the development application was released.

Local Community Route in Whitlam. A very steep path up the ridge from Sculthorpe Avenue with gradients above 12.4% canberra.bike

Read the previous articles here.

Whitlam Stage 2 (stand 6 May 2022) showing Sculthorpe Drive partially completed. Whitlam Stage 3 is under construction. The steep Local Community Route (LCR) up the hill, along the ridge, is featured on the left.
Whitlam Stage 2 (stand 6 May 2022) showing Sculthorpe Drive partially completed. Whitlam Stage 3 is under construction. The steep Local Community Route (LCR) up the hill, along the ridge, is featured on the left. Map: OpenStreetMap and contributors.
Whitlam Stage 1 to 3 overview, SLA March 2022
Whitlam Stage 1 to 3 overview, SLA March 2022
Whitlam Stage 3 overview, SLA March 2022
Whitlam Stage 3 overview, SLA March 2022

Dependent projects

If you would like to ride south of Whitlam that will require any and possibly all the of the following projects to be completed.

  • John Gorton Drive Bridge – expect completion 2025
  • Denman Prospect North – construction started
  • Molonglo Group Centre, the north of John Gorton Drive – may be complete in the late 2020s
  • Whitlam Stage 3 – 2023

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