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urban planning

Federal environment law and cycling in Canberra

The new Molonglo Valley estate development has stumbled over Federal environment law. Finally, the hard work is done. The Molonglo Valley will be two developments on either side of the Molonglo. Crossing the valley is difficult, not least for the cyclist.

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urban planning

The National Capital Authority: bane or benefit?

Controversial development proposals on Lake Burley Griffin have again shone a light on the ACT Territory Government and the National Capital Authority (NCA) relationship. ABC News has done a great job explaining this relationship. At canberra.bike we ask how this will change cycling.

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ride review

Black Mountain: too big to miss

Lake Burley Griffin to Black Mountain is a gentle forest climb of 165 m, followed by thrilling descents on windy gravel roads. The lower section is flat and sandy, and the upper steep and rocky. The forest is full of animals and the unexpected. The Canberra Centenary Trail meanders its way around the twin humps of Black Mountain.

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tips

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 exists and was built long ago.

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tips

Lake Burley Griffin: centre of Canberra

Lake Burley Griffin is one of the first rides that most will do, and most go back again and again.

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  • Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. Photo by He-J E on Unsplash
  • Senate Gardens, Parkes ACT, Australia. unsplash.com
  • Parliament House, Canberra. Photo by Aditya Joshi on Unsplash
  • Life saving buoy, Lake Burley Griffin. Photo by Aditya Joshi on Unsplash
  • National Arboretum, clouds, sky, and hills, Canberra . Photo by Tim Cooper on Unsplash
  • Bridge. Photo by Rosie Steggles on Unsplash
  • Canberra balloons, Photo by Rosie Steggles on Unsplash
  • Parliament House by night. Photo by Michael on Unsplash
  • Nest III, Dairy Farmers Hill, National Arboretum. Photo by Maxwell Ingham on Unsplash
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urban planning

National Capital Authority: protector of the sacrosanct

It is one of the quirks of Canberra that while we have a territory government, the ACT Government is not responsible for all the ACT. Canberra is more like Rome and in the centre is Vatican City. Here we call it the Parliamentary Triangle, and it is ruled by the National Capital Authority (NCA). The domain of the National Capital Authority is bigger than one would think as it includes everything 200 m around the edges of the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin itself. The National Capital Authority is the protector of the sacrosanct.

West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin source: OpenStreetMap, ACT, Australia
West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin source: OpenStreetMap
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urban planning

Video: Coombs to Civic CBR Cycle Routes

The post Benefits of the C10 Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway is a case study of a number of alternate routes for commuting between Coombs and Civic. This post adds to this with visualisations of the routes as “fly-by” videos.

Map 1: Four routes
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urban planning

C10 Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway

The assessment of the benefits of the C10 Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway (CBR Cycle Route C10) is a multifaceted question. It can first be discussed in a narrow sense, whether commuting between Coombs to Civic is faster, and also in a broader sense regarding the benefits to the Molonglo Valley network. But the short answer is yes on both counts. I will answer these questions here individually.

The C10 Coombs to Civic Cycle Highway will get a cyclist to work faster. I provide an analysis of four routes (“options”) below – three are existing – and compare them against the fourth, the C10. The C10 is demonstrably here the best.