New Zealand has demonstrated many times that it is capable of building spectacular cycling and walking trails. What is it about Canberra that we have so little imagination and ambition?
If you want to commute to work there are a number of factors that will make it easy to start. Here is an overview of things to consider.
After ensuring the right frame size, the next most important thing for comfort is the saddle. Unisex bikes can be a good choice for women but the saddle will usually not be.
CBR Cycle Routes are motorways for cyclists, or at least that is the intent. You would know them as you would have ridden on one. Finally, they are getting wayfinding signage. It makes a difference.
From Belconnen there are two ways to Gungahlin: the CBR C7 and the C1. Both are not new. They have existed as long as Gungahlin itself and form a loop through Kaleen. The strength of loops for navigation is that you can leave and join them wherever and whenever you like. This provides the cyclist with many options.
The CBR Cycle Route C11 runs along Flemington Road from EPIC to Well Station Drive and forms one side of a triangle in a loop that connects Belconnen, Dickson and Mitchell. The strength of loops for navigation is that you can leave and join them wherever and whenever you like. This provides the cyclist with many options.
“Expensive” is a relative expression. We will go to the same effort to get a 5% discount whether products costs $100 or $10,000. We much prefer to have a $5 discount for cash than pay $5 more to use the credit card. Electric bikes are comparatively cheap and we are beginning to notice.
The ACT Active Travel Routes Network lingo is confusing. Here is a first change management attempt to clarify what it means.
Aranda hill is a critical cycling link in Canberra. Everything south of Belconnen is best reached over Aranda hill. The official name for this Active Travel Route is “CBR Cycle Route C5 Belconnen – Tuggeranong via Weston Creek”. The vast majority of this route was built before 1988.
Crace offers much: a bike track looping the suburb, a magnificent view from Percival Hill, and the picturesque Gungahlin Pond. You can ride to all with only one quite road crossing, so it is ideal for the kids.