New walking and cycling guides to help Canberrans ditch the car

Glynis Quinlan 5 March 2019 23

Heart Foundation Active Living Coordinator (ACT) Annie Kentwell, Pedal Power ACT CEO Ian Ross and ACT Roads Minister Chris Steel at the recent launch of the new guides. Photos: Supplied.

New guides have been launched for Canberra’s walking and cycling network aimed at helping people discover pleasant ways to get around their communities, without having to go in the car or on road.

ACT Roads Minister Chris Steel launched ‘Your Guide to Cycling in Canberra’ and eight town centre walking and cycling guides at the start of Canberra Walk & Ride Week (1-10 March), with March seen as the best time to walk, ride and wheel in Canberra due to the favourable outdoor conditions.

Statistics from the ACT Government’s bike barometer last year showed that more than 50,700 trips were made in March, while more than 45,600 trips were made in the next most popular month of October.

However, the ACT Government’s household travel survey also showed that most trips within the local community are made by car.

“During Canberra Walk & Ride Week, I encourage all Canberrans to break the habit of reaching for their car keys and swap some car trips for walking and cycling trips, to the shops, to school and friends’ houses,” Mr Steel said.

“We all lead busy lives and sometimes it can feel like it is hard to fit in any extra travel time.

“For small trips, walking or cycling may only take an extra 10-15 minutes over a car trip, but you will get where you need to go while also having achieved most of your daily exercise needs. For longer trips, you can combine walking and cycling with public transport.”

Mr Steel said the Canberra cycling guide and the eight town centre walking/cycling maps replace the old Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking map produced in 2012.

Pedal Power ACT CEO Ian Ross and ACT Roads Minister Chris Steel at the launch of the guides.

The updated map, ‘Your guide to cycling in Canberra’ includes:

  • 10 principal or main routes, which are colour-coded
  • visitor destinations such as the national institutions
  • enhancements to the network
  • planned and potential future routes such as Molonglo and Horsepark Drive.

Mr Steel said the town centre maps provide more detail about the path network to help people identify the main ways to get in and out of the town centres and to other destinations such as the Parliamentary Zone.

He said the maps complement the Transport Canberra Online Journey Planner which was released late last year.

“The community has made it clear that there is demand for both paper and digital cycling products and I’m pleased to deliver these new and enhanced maps for people to plan their walking and cycling trips,” Mr Steel said.

“New signs and pavement markings will be installed starting in mid-2019 to guide users along the colour-coded main routes.”

The eight town centre guides can be downloaded by clicking here. They include guides for the Belconnen Town Centre, City Town Centre, Gungahlin Town Centre, Lake Burley Griffin, the Parliamentary Zone, Tuggeranong Town Centre, Weston Creek Group Centre and Woden Town Centre.

‘Your Guide to Cycling in Canberra’ can be purchased in person for $5.00 from:

  • Canberra and Region Visitors’ Centre (Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes) between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday and between 9 am and 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Pedal Power ACT (Level 2 Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City) between 10 am and 2 pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, people can have the guide mailed to them for $7.00 by contacting Pedal Power on or 6248 7995.

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23 Responses to New walking and cycling guides to help Canberrans ditch the car
Mark Boast Mark Boast 12:08 pm 12 Mar 19

What I think is great about these guides is that those with mobility scooters have a clear guide before and whilst they’re out on where to go in safety.

Sue Skinner Sue Skinner 8:43 pm 07 Mar 19

I'd love a guide....I live in Qbn...let's do this!!!

Russell Nankervis Russell Nankervis 10:26 pm 06 Mar 19

Now they just have to watch for crazy motorists

Grimm Grimm 5:11 pm 06 Mar 19

Another waste of money by ACT Labor. Common theme.

How can anybody praise this pointless nonsense in the world of everybody having a GPS in their pocket and google maps?

Christopher Stuart Veilands Christopher Stuart Veilands 3:33 pm 06 Mar 19

No prods, I'll walk to work. From Phillip to Charnwood. Start at 4am so gonna have to leave early i reckon

    Mark Dando Mark Dando 4:34 pm 06 Mar 19

    That's it - doesn't work for Christopher so doesn't work for anyone else.

    Christopher Stuart Veilands Christopher Stuart Veilands 5:13 pm 06 Mar 19

    Might actually take u seriously if u had the balls to not hide behind a fake, profile.

    Mark Dando Mark Dando 5:44 pm 06 Mar 19

    I use my real name Christopher and many people in Canberra know me.

    Housh Fallah Housh Fallah 6:45 pm 06 Mar 19

    Yeah walking from Phillip to Charnwood is totally what they're talking about 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

Donna Westcott Donna Westcott 11:50 am 06 Mar 19

Great initiative for those who can do so but when will the ACT government get it thru their heads that not everyone can walk or cycle.

    Housh Fallah Housh Fallah 3:12 pm 06 Mar 19

    Where does it say that those who aren't able to should do it?

    Mark Dando Mark Dando 4:33 pm 06 Mar 19

    Because some people can't walk or cycle the initiative is a waste of time?

    Justin Watson Justin Watson 6:41 pm 06 Mar 19

    The point is by encouraging those that can, it makes it easier for those that can't or won't. It means higher availability of car parks for example, because more people are walking/cycling. so everyone benefits.

    Donna Westcott Donna Westcott 9:13 pm 06 Mar 19

    Justin Watson Good point Justin

    Donna Westcott Donna Westcott 9:17 pm 06 Mar 19

    Mark Dando No, it definitely isn't a waste of time. As I said, it is a great initiative for those able to do it.

Brett Olzen Brett Olzen 10:02 am 06 Mar 19

the walking guides should come in handy as the new 'improved' bus service means a bus no longer goes anywhere near my house

    Kerrie Buitendam Kerrie Buitendam 1:41 pm 06 Mar 19

    Brett Olzen totally agree we need to walk 3km to get a bus 😞

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 3:30 pm 06 Mar 19

    Kerrie Buitendam Was it like that when you moved into your house?

    Sally Pabst-Reeves Sally Pabst-Reeves 9:12 pm 06 Mar 19

    Brett Olzen yep, going to push more cars onto the road, will go from direct service to three different buses

    Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 9:17 pm 06 Mar 19

    Sally Pabst-Reeves yes but it will take 3 times longer so you get value for your money.

    Sally Pabst-Reeves Sally Pabst-Reeves 9:42 pm 06 Mar 19

    Tramcar Trevor is that like sitting at the back of the bus so you get a longer ride🤪

    Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 4:01 am 10 Mar 19

    Brett Olzen or takes 5 times longer!

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