The ACT urban planning tool for the preservation of cycling corridors.
Cycle infrastructure is lagging in Coombs. Despite the Concept Plan being finalised in 2012 and the suburb established since 2015, the cycle infrastructure is still not complete or sufficient. As the crow flies, Coombs and Belconnen are about the same distance from Civic centre, however, while commuting from Civic to Belconnen in 30 minutes is possible, it is not from Coombs.
I20-minute neighbourhoods are an interesting urban planning idea to decentralise the population from the city centres by making the local area more liveable.
How easy it is to get around Canberra depends upon from where you start the trip. In some places the infrastructure is better than others. One way to study this is with isochrone plots.
Despite the in improvement of wayfinding signage, handlebar mounted navigation is still useful. OpenStreetMap is the best cycling map for Canberra. Here is an introduction of digital maps and GPS navigation.
To navigate Canberra, you will need the right map that is both current and suitable for your type of biking. Mountain biking requires special maps. City cyclists prefer paved surfaces and require good maps that show rideable paths, including bike paths.
Once the suburb is built, its design is set in stone. A coherent network of continuous bike paths across the city needs a master plan for bike path infrastructure, upon which new suburbs can be designed and realised so that the new infrastructure interconnects. Suburb design starts with the end in mind. The suburb is a small unit of the much larger and longer endeavour, to build active travel networks across the city.
A direct off-road bike path south from Belconnen via Whitlam to Denman Prospect is missing. Good bike routes are direct. Riding to Coombs from Belconnen is anything but that. Butters Bridge was originally proposed for bikes. Currently, we are sitting it out until John Gorton Drive Bridge is completed.
An alternate route to Gungahlin, away from the cars. This would be the safe and better approach. Here is one possible route that follows the Federal Highway, EPIC and Well Station Track to reach Gungahlin.