Namadgi National Park: website update

The Namadgi National Park website of the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, for short ACT Environment, has been updated. They have even provided a rather nice map and updated the walks page, too.

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Popular walking trails re-open in Namadgi – Canberra CityNews

Namadgi National Park has not been mentioned much yet on After the fires, it has remained closed. The northern and southern tips of the park are now opening again.

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A tale of two cities: a picture is worth a 1000 words 

I’ve lived in Germany, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Among other great cities, I’ve been to Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London, New York, Venice, Florence, Ottawa and Vancouver – but there is only one city in the world I would move back to in a flash: Freiburg im Breisgau. 

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A normal weekend in a cycling culture

Last Friday I reached out to friends and family and asked them to send me some photos of them or others out and about riding their bikes. 

The weather was not bike friendly at all in South Germany, so no luck there. The rest of Germany did what you often do in a well established cycling culture: they grabbed their bikes and hit the road sometime during the weekend.

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Language matters. Let’s do some definitional work!

Are you getting confused about the terminology of the Active Travel Routes Network?

Having studied several languages, I have learned early on that nothing is more personal than the words we choose to use. Nothing else is also more divisive and confusing in our day to day communication. (As a side note, if you like to read a fantastic book about the English language that confirms my sentiment, check out Bill Bryson’s book The Mother Tongue.)

So, let’s try and clarify what all this confusing lingo in the ACT active travel guidelines means for us.

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The unknown story of the ACT’s shared paths.

In the early 70’s, after several accidents and cyclists losing their lives, the ACT Government decided to build separate bike paths.

Well, as soon as they were finished pedestrians and dog walkers discovered these paths and thought: “Wow! Pedestrian paths! This is great and I will now use them all the time!” Needless to say, the ACT Government could hardly take these new bike paths off the pedestrians again, so it decided to make them shared paths.

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