National Arboretum to World’s End

Riding along Pipe Flat through the Molonglo Valley is a great ride. It is relatively flat and very scenic. It has become more difficult to pass the building sites at Whitlam and Namarag. Care is required on Coppins Crossing Road. 

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Molonglo Valley hotspot

Many decisions need to be made around this strategic hotspot where Molonglo north and south meets Molonglo east and west, and the river is between.

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John Gorton Drive Bridge 2021 update

The planning for the John Gorton Drive Bridge has come out of the shadows – The funding promised at the ACT Election has been announced and the development application documents have been released. The construction costs will be about $177 million (June 2020 estimate).

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This old dog only knows one trick

We cannot build our way out of congestion. Why is it so hard to break this cycle despite all the evidence to the contrary? The transport investment in 2020 has not changed. Most of the money will be spent on roads.

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Abraham Maslow
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Coppins Crossing is missing bike lanes and more

Coppins Crossing Road is an example of a popular Canberra road without bike lanes. As today is our unofficial bike lane day, it is worth a closer look. On-road cycle lanes in the ACT are also discussed here.

The Coppins Crossing is a river level crossing on the Molonglo River built to rural road standards and only suitable for low volumes of traffic. As a north-south corridor and part of the Molonglo development, the traffic volumes along Coppins Crossing Road are high.

It will be replaced with a bridge in 2024.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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Stromlo to Arbo: CyclingGravel

Update 1 April 2021. This ride is currently not possible due to the Butters Bridge closure. It gets worse. The detour suggested by CyclingGravel is blocked too.

Crossing the river on gravel is only possible at Coombs.

Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve construction works have closed the Butters Bridge at its north end. Bridge access is possible from the south end (Denman Prospect) just for the view. (Stand 6 February 2021)

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John Gorton Drive Bridge update

This bridge over the Molonglo River will be completed by 2024 as the last section of the John Gorton Drive. Information about this bridge is found here. The Butters Bridge was finished close-by in 2016 but is currently closed.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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ACT Environment’s advice to cyclists

The ACT Environment is very accomodating. I think it’s worth noting their advice to cyclists. I will highlight interesting information from ACT Environment in the coming weeks. 

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