CBR Cycle Routes are the Principal Cycling Routes around Canberra and you would expect them to be on OpenStreetMap, but they still not labelled. CBR Cycle Routes are discussed here.Continue reading “CBR Cycle Routes on OpenStreetMap: lost and found”
Bicycle Transport Analysis is a US organisation that has a basket model for scoring cities for the suitability of cycling. Canberra does very well in this ranking but the first impression is deceptive.Continue reading “City ranking for cycling: US style.”
OpenStreetMap is not perfect. Maps are an approximation of the real world. No map can contain all the detail of the real world. A good map captures what is important for you.Continue reading “No map is perfect”
If you want to plan a ride around Canberra, you will need a good map. After that, a route suggestion could be useful. Here both are discussed.Continue reading “Canberra cycling planner”
Komoot is the best app for riding in Canberra, not least because of the great maps from OpenStreetMap. Komoot has released several long awaited features. One of the best features remains. Komoot is free, including an on-the-move smartphone route planning app and an excellent website. Give it a try.
Strava has now priced itself into the stratosphere. Strava has, however, a great feature: the privacy zone. Komoot now has this, too – just better.
Facebook, Strava and Komoot have something in common. They are a form of social media. Komoot previously had limited sharing options. These have now been extended.
Both these points are discussed in this post.Continue reading “Komoot just got better”
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.Continue reading “CyclOSM: OpenStreetMap for bikes”
A full range of Cycling computers was on sale at 99 Bikes in July 2020. It provided an overview of the range and pricing. Prices range from $26 to $900. You get what you pay for. Navigation with maps starts around $400. Colour screens with maps are better than black and white screens.
While this article refers to the 99 Bikes sale, Pushys had a better deal on the Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer that was discounted to $399 on 20/7/2020 ($100 off RRP). It is always worth checking the larger retailers in Canberra as they are competitive.Continue reading “Cycling Computers: 99 Bikes”
Gravel ride through the forest to a hilltop for great views and down to the Molonglo River again. The route starts and ends at the Denman Prospect R10 bus stop. Find at the shops a cafe, supermarket, and toilets. Ride in a clockwise direction for minimum gradients. Mountain bike recommended. Length 8km and 180m rise. Steep descent. The ride is very enjoyable.Continue reading “Denman Prospect Forest loop”
There are OpenStreetMap updates for both Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve and Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve. Unfortunately, no new paths come out of it. One route is now closed down to Mugga Lane as a result of new fencing along Old Quarry Road. Big trucks come labouring up this hill all day long. More about the changes below.Continue reading “Mugga Mugga and Isaacs Ridge map updates”
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.Continue reading “A play space near you: a guide”