Throsby, Gungahlin, has an excellent bike path and views of the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve. This was an enjoyable loop ride to Throsby from Belconnen. Throsby has good bike infrastructure. The route is roundabout but along good bike paths, and all major road crossings are at signal intersections.
A good report for Molonglo Valley Stage 3: Molonglo 3 Stage 2 Proof of Concept report (RobertsDay). It turns out that this report is hard to get but found here.
Molonglo Cycle Highway is a new cycle highway is one of the earlier commitments to active travel and found in the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory between the ACT Labor Party and ACT Greens.
Active travellers are hit the hardest when direct routes are lacking. Road design has evolved to put great emphasis on road safety. Many of the road safety terms are for design features and considerations that impact on road safety, particularly vulnerable road users.
“It is not intended to represent the facilities that currently exist on the routes, rather it shows the best alignments for human powered transport and recreation. …”
A case study for Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study Project Brief and urban planning of new estates in the ACT. The failure to systematically integrate active travel principles in the planning process will most likely result in the missed potential to develop active travel facilities in the Whitlam and other new estate developments in Canberra.
Children would be better off riding to school rather than be driven. A case study demonstrating the feasibility of riding to schools and shops in Belconnen from Whitlam. Consideration of a new route with a low gradient, as required by Austroads design standards.
How far can you ride from Whitlam from the time of the first land release in March 2020? Belconnen is a 20-minute ride. The city is about 30 minutes away, but Coombs is also 30 minutes. It is a hard place to get out of, with no off-road bike paths beyond the first 1 km. Looking at map 1, it is clear that for active travel Whitlam is part of the Belconnen community.
Where are the schools around Whitlam? Whitlam will, for a time, remain isolated at the end of the Molonglo valley. Schools are particularly important as the children living in Whitlam have to go to school somewhere. A full list of schools can be found on the ACT Government Open Data Portal.
Active travel and urban planning documents could be of interest. For a number of popular ones, the document has been attached for download. Some are available on the ACT Government website. All documents can be obtained via a Freedom of Information request.