Sunday, September 19, 2010

Canberra's Cycleway's

While I have been a strong critic of on-road cycle lanes on 'High speed high volume roads', you do have the option to cycle on some  good quality cycle paths, if they are going to your destination.

This cycle way is near a major arterial road which has a 80km/h speed limit. Pedal Power wants to continue the on-road cycle lane policy and have a cycle lane on this road without any protection. You have to wonder why with such a good cycleway .The only problems is that it is a shared path and there is no lighting at night. Having adequate lighting is a must and several of Canberra's cycleways do not have adequate lighting.

Here is the cycle path on the other side of the road ,which has recently been resurfaced. Also no lighting ,and in winter it can get dark before 5pm ,which is usually the start of peak hour traffic (car) ,so only the keen cyclist rides at these times in the winter months, usually lit up like a Christmas tree with a high vis-vest or spray jacket.
It can get quite cold also in the winter with nights around minus five degrees Celsius  and temperatures staying below double figures during the day. But when you look at what people in colder climates cycle through, I guess we shouldn't complain too much!

Cycling through a snow storm ,Copenhagen
Cycling to school ,in Assen.

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