Gradients in Molonglo 3: cycling from John Gorton Drive Bridge

Bicycles are arguably the most efficient machine ever invented, however, everything has its limits. A 30m section of steep path is all that is required to bring a cyclist to a stop. Pushing a bike up steep paths is not popular amongst cyclists. Better is to build the paths so that they are never so steep to become unrideable. Austroads Standards tell us how. Hilly terrain requires careful route and path design.

Belconnen Town Centre upgrades: comments closed

Changes to the Belconnen Town Centre are afoot. The urban planning review for Belconnen foreshores started in December 2020. The urban space around Westfield will be made a nicer place for people – creating place. Further information on YourSay. Getting good bike paths past Westfield in Belconnen have to be a priority.

Aranda CBR Cycle Route C5: falling short of expectations

The ongoing saga of Aranda bike path. Maintenance is sorely needed but despite the newest promises nothing had been done. ACT Labor’s cycling ambition is underwhelming which leaves them on the back foot and it takes years to organise routine maintenance. Here is an example.

Slow down: a sign of the times

Slower Streets is being rolled out in Ainslie, Aranda, Braddon, Crace, Downer, Farrer, Garran, O’Connor, Watson, Weston and Yarralumla as part of the COVID-19 response. This has to be good for cycling. What is Slow Streets about?

Section 2.1 The UK approach to network design

We cannot make a baby without a baby-making machine.

Black Mountain: too big to miss

Black Mountain forest, close to Civic, is rarely explored. The north and west slopes of the mountain offer excellent cycling on formed vehicle trails. Beautiful walking trails crisscross the mountain.

Aranda CBR Cycle Route C5

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.

New Belconnen Bikeway expected late 2020

Canberra Arts Centre is finished and the new Belconnen Bikeway underway, however, we are not out of the woods yet. The bigger issue is reduced project scope. When we first hear of projects they can sound quite grand. After the initial first planning phase, they seem a little less ambitious.