urban planning

Dickson to Gungahlin bike path

Dickson to Gungahlin bike path parallel to Flemington Rd

The light rail, that represents a great step forward for public transport and city modernisation, was a step backward for the Flemington Rd bike path. It was removed and never replaced so there now a missing link past Mitchell. That the ACT Government is interested in fixing the problem and considering a new Flemington Rd bike path is good news. As with the Federal Highway there is no room for a bike path alongside the road but plenty of back streets that run parallel, away from the cars. This would be the safe and better approach. In this paper I propose one possible route that follows the Federal Highway, EPIC and Well Station Track to reach Gungahlin. A few maps are included below to illustrate the route.

urban planning

Majura Pines to Kowen Forest

What you can do and cannot do on a bike in Canberra. This is a note of what belongs to good territory planning.

There is a long list of missing links: route and tracks that could be opened for recreational biking. We can thank the Canberra Centennial Trial for opening a lot of the ACT commonwealth land for recreational use. The ACT is landlocked and surrounded by private own land for large lengths of the border that generally prohibits trespassing. The only way to ride in NSW is on a road and, for reasons of personal safety, you better choose your road carefully and be off it before nightfall unless you have very good lighting. Recent deaths of ACT riders have illustrated this point. But there is another type of obstacle and going around it means adding large distances to the ride.

Map 1: Majura Pines to Kowen Forest
ride review

Hill climbs of interest in Canberra

Not all these hills can be ridden and sometimes it might be on the road with the cars but there is always a good view at the top.

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urban planning

Bike infrastructure in Hamburg

What a difference good bike infrastructure makes

  • Figure 1: City bikes locked to their stands
  • Figure 2: Pedestrian and bike paths through a park – separate
  • Figure 3: Bike lanes on the intersection help cyclists cross safely
  • Figure 4: Bikes stop at the intersection in front of cars so they can cross first
  • Figure 5: Bike lanes continue across intersections with even turning arrows (just like cars)
  • Figure 6: Despite the road constructions the bike lane is visible with the bikes stop at the lights 
  • Figure 7: Park and ride is popular so you will find two level parking stations for thousands of bikes
  • Figure 8: Railway and S-Bahn underpasses are wide and without steps so you can ride through without dismounting