Germany it rather good at gathering data on bike sales. Australia is pretty slack in comparison. The data is collected by the German industry association ‘Zweirad-Industriep-Verband’ (ZIV).
“What started with a sales growth of 11.5 percent in 2015 has been accelerating since. Of course this is about e-bikes which are so rapidly gaining in popularity in Germany that in 2019 sales growth in units stood at a huge 39 percent. In absolute numbers 1.36 million e-bikes were sold on Europe’s biggest bike market.”
There is an old saying that locks are for honest thieves. Does this stand up for bike locks? Locks are no substitute for secure bike parking but some are better than others. Not everything sold is of quality. Poor materials or design can weaken the lock. If the bike is not secured to something, any ute could carry it off in a flash.
South of Tharwa, the level crossing on the Murrumbidgee River was impassable. With a break in the rain, canberra.bike visited Ingledene Forest. The Gudgenby River was also in flood but can be cross on Smiths Road over a high-level bridge. The conditions are muddy and wet underfoot.
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.
The Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) is a nice ride with the exception that so much is through the suburbs. Without directional signage through the suburbs, Komoot will be required to find our way. Canberra.bike suggests that we may as well stay on dirt roads.
The Canberra Centenary Trail is 140km long. Most people will not ride it in one go. One trick is to break it up into multiple stages and to do a different section on different days. The question now is how to get to the track head and home again at the end of the ride. Canberra.bike suggests taking the bike on a Canberra Rapid Bus. The terminus stations are a base camp for the rides.