Mount Stromlo and Stromlo Forest Park are favourites for many Canberrans. Here are a few reasons to head that way soon. Stromlo Forest Park is an easy ride if you live in the Woden Valley and Weston Creek. For those in the north, surprisingly even Civic and Belconnen are surprisingly distant.
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.
Combine the CBR Cycle Routes C7, C1 and C11 together and we have now two loops that form a network. Networks allow the CBR Cycle Routes to be used in many ways. This allows the consideration of a cycling network between town centres.
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.
Canberra continues to grow and we are squeezing more and more people into an ever-smaller place. Within a few years, 500,000 people will live in our city. We will be walking, cycling or riding a lot more than we do now. Walking to the bus stop makes public transport active travel, too.
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In 2015 a study was carried out for the ACT Government reviewing mountain biking in Long Gully Pine Plantation. The report is attached and holds many interesting details. The Spine has been mentioned previously as it is accessible to everybody. It is certainly worth a look. The route “Isaacs Ridge peak from Woden Bus Station” follows The Spin up the hill.
Ride a good bike path, flat and fast gravel, climb a hill or singletrack, and combine it as you wish. There are advanced downhill routes, too, but that is for another day. These rides centre around the Long Gully Pine Plantation at Isaacs Ridge.
Canberra Nature Park makes it possible to ride through a network of reserves that are interconnected without ever crossing a major road. One of these areas is in the south east of Canberra.
There was much hype about the bike path around the edge of the suburb, along the Molonglo River. The good news is that Stage 1 is finished. The community path through the Stage 2 area is progressing but not yet completed.