City ranking for cycling: US style.

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.

Canberra cycling planner

There are many ways to plan your route around Canberra. Here are a few suggestions. 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.

Komoot just got better

Privacy improvements and more sharing options. Komoot is the best app for riding in Canberra, not just because of the great maps from OpenStreetMap. Komoot has many new features and one of the best features remains. Komoot is free, including the smartphone route planning app and an excellent website.

CyclOSM: OpenStreetMap for bikes

The French love cycling so they made a bike map. 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.

Denman Prospect Forest loop

Views of Denman Prospect and the Molonglo Valley. 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 café, supermarket, and toilets. Ride in a clockwise direction for minimum gradients. Mountain bike recommended. Length 8 km and 180 m rise. Steep descent. The ride is very enjoyable.

Mugga Mugga and Isaacs Ridge map updates

Canberra Nature Park is bigger than it looked. The map has been updated. 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.