Separation between car and cyclist are the key to cyclist safety and encourage cycling. Only off road cycle paths meet this requirement. The report prepared for the ACT Government back in 2012 by Spackman Mossop Michaels makes clear that cycle lanes are a mistake. Furthermore, comparison of the 2011 ACT Strategic Cycle Network Plan shows that very little progress has been made building the cycling network in a decade. Cause for concern.
Belconnen Town Centre has been trialling 40 km/h zones for over two years. The rollout to other town centre is causing confusion as commuters notice the changes.
The Pinnacle in Canberra Nature Park is very pretty and undulating – perfect for recreation cycling. The Pinnacle Nature Reserve lies on the hill behind Hawker. It is part of Canberra Nature Park. A ride around the edge of the reserves along the management trails is about 11 km in length. A good walk but only a short ride.
The Pinnacle Nature Reserve is part of Canberra Nature Park and ever-popular with locals. The lower section of The Pinnacle is an offset area and something new. Offset areas spring up where there are urban developments.
The Bicentennial National Trail can be ridden with a mountain bike from Hawker to Strathnairn in Belconnen west. The Pinnacle Nature Reserve in Hawker is a gem. A photo essay of the ride.
A direct off-road bike path south from Belconnen via Whitlam to Denman Prospect is missing. Good bike routes are direct. Riding to Coombs from Belconnen is anything but that. Butters Bridge was originally proposed for bikes. Currently, we are sitting it out until John Gorton Drive Bridge is completed.