CyclOSM: OpenStreetMap for bikes

Getting an overview is the start to planning a ride. CyclOSM turns the Canberra map on its head by showing a cyclist’s view of the city. The map data is from OpenStreetMap. These maps are available on the smartphone with another open-source product: OSMAnd.

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Riding to Farrer or Eddison Park Nature Play

Farrer or Eddison Park Nature Play playgrounds were introduced in the last post and riding there is discussed here. Farrer is surrounded by other suburbs and a great place for a playground. Woden town centre is tricky with kids and an island to itself.

Canberra.bike recommends Komoot for cycle navigation in Canberra.

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Mount Rob Roy: alone but not forgotten

Mount Tennent, Honeysuckle Creek and Mount Rob Roy belong to the great hill climbs in the south. Mount Tennent, south of Tharwa, is usually walked but it can be run. Honeysuckle Creek is a popular road ride (the road is currently closed), and Mount Rob Roy a gravel ascent on Banks Steep Track management trail.

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Recreational cycling close to home

Why not cycle from home? There is a Canberra Nature Park within 500 m from home for 75% of Canberrans. CyclOSM helps you find a ride at your doorstep by highlighting all the bike paths.

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OpenStreetMap is the best map for the Canberra cyclist

Riding in Canberra is great if you know where to go. Roads are not the best option, and paths are much safer. OpenStreetMap shows all the paths. Load an app on your smartphone and the map goes with you. Let me point you in the right direction.

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Three bike maps of the Arboretum

There are many paths missing on the Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool. Particularly the unpaved paths are very poorly represented, but they are not unimportant for many cyclists in Canberra.

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