City rankings can be motivational but unlikely to help city planners prioritise investment decisions. Bicycle Transport Analysis is a basket model for scoring cities for the suitability of cycling from the US. Canberra does very well in this ranking, but the first impression is deceptive as we are comparing ourselves with another LOW cycling country and not a good one like the Netherlands.
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.
A play space in Gungahlin that is beautifully done. This area is flat and the bike infrastructure is good. One of the successes of urban planning in Gungahlin is certainly the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. It is also known as “Move at Moncrief”.
Denman Prospect Ridgeline Park has become very popular. This park is popular on the weekend because of the playground. The residents of Coombs, Wright and Denman Prospect could easily ride to this park – if the kids were up to it 😊
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.
Cycle infrastructure is lagging in Coombs. Despite the Concept Plan being finalised in 2012 and the suburb established since 2015, the cycle infrastructure is still not complete or sufficient. As the crow flies, Coombs and Belconnen are about the same distance from Civic centre, however, while commuting from Civic to Belconnen in 30 minutes is possible, it is not from Coombs.
How easy it is to get around Canberra depends upon from where you start the trip. In some places the infrastructure is better than others. One way to study this is with isochrone plots.