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family

A play space everywhere

Play spaces are popping up all over Canberra. Canberra.bike provided a guide to play spaces and this is now updated in this post. A recent announcement by Chris Steel in May 2020 reminded us that there is more to come. Some were already in last years budget but a few have been brought forward as a result of COVID-19 playground closures. There is good news here for everybody.

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family

A play space near you: a guide

There are play spaces popping up all over Canberra. Here is an overview of where, and more information on one planned for Coombs, and two found in the Kippax and Calwell town centre master plans. A play ground near you can be found on an OpenStreetMap interactive map.

Overview - Playgrounds in the ACT. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Overview – Playgrounds in the ACT. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
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safety

Trouble in paradise: riding Belconnen lake

Lake Ginninderra bike path in Belconnen is a wonderful place to ride on a winter evening.

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ride review

Horse Park Drive Gungahlin

There is a bike path along the whole length of Horse Park Drive but unfortunately it keeps switching sides of the dual lane carriage way. While there are lights where it is safe to cross, there is much time lost waiting at traffic lights and in what feels like crossing the road unnecessarily.

Underpasses are rare but it may be possible to accept a detour and connect these underpasses into one route. This route is not signposted, so most will follow the road or intersections. I do not find it surprising that the road designers missed this. There are plenty of other examples of bike paths with unnecessary road crossings in Canberra.

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ride review

Mount Rogers summit loop

A short ride from Lake Ginninderra to Mount Rogers, around the summit track and back to the starting point on the lake in Belconnen. Most of the route is a bike path but the summit circuit track, that provides great views from every side of the mountain, is gravel.

The track is popular with locals walking their dogs and is mostly flat. Mount Rogers is a prominent, cone shape hill on the Belconnen plain. Looking south you will see from Belconnen town centre to the ridge line of Mount Painter, behind Cook, and The Pinnacle, Hawker. The view north is towards Gungahlin. The sides of Mount Rogers are steep even for walkers. There is an excellent path to the summit from Charnwood. The path on the east side from Belconnen is particularly steep and you may find you need to push unless you are on a mountain or ebike.

Mount Rogers looking west towards the Brindabellas
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ride review

Throsby, Harrison and Franklin

This was an enjoyable loop ride to Throsby from Belconnen. Throsby has good bike infrastructure. The route is roundabout but along good bike paths, and all major road crossings are at signal intersections.

The route is indirect as there are three large reserves between Belconnen and Throsby. Riding in these reserves is not permitted. The bike path along the creek in Franklin is excellent and stops at the edge of Harrison.