The 1998 Canberra Cycleways Map (3rd Edition) is a high quality full colour map, in waterproof paper foldout format, which displays all of Canberra's major cycleways and many of its connecting footways. The cycleways are highlighted over a colour street map of all Canberra suburbs, including the Gungahlin suburbs of Palmerston, Nicholls, Amaroo and Ngunnawal.
Canberra is covered at 1:25,000 scale, with larger scale insert maps covering the City and Town Centres.
In addition to the sealed cyclepaths and footpaths, the map also shows many unsealed bush tracks and trails which can be found within the Canberra Nature Parks park system and pine forests. Some Nature Park tracks which aren't shown on the map can be seen in the Canberra Nature Parks section of this web site.
The main roads are colour coded to show which roads are most suitable for commuter cycling.
Because the map shows streets (with street names), cycle paths, footpaths and bush tracks, this map can be used by motorists, cyclists, walkers and equestrians alike.
In addition to streets and paths, the map also displays the following features:
- Information Centres
- Police Stations
- Public Toilets
- Schools and Colleges
- Places of Interest for Tourists and Visitors
- Swimming Pools
- Public Libraries
- Camping Areas
- BMX Bike Tracks
- Bicycle Shops
- Bus Stations
- Shopping Centres
- Recreation Areas
- Pine Plantations
There are about 70 government and commercial outlets in Canberra which sell the map, including newsagents, book shops, bike shops, outdoor equipment stores, leisure centres and service stations. In addition maps can be purchased from ACT Government outlets incluing the ACT Government Shopfronts and the Publishing Services counter in Allara House, Plaza Level. You can also support Pedal Power ACT by purchasing a copy at a discount from their office.
The map has a recommended retail price of $5.95. Pedal Power ACT sell maps for $5
The Canberra Cycleways Map shows most of the Canberra Nature Parks. The ACT Government is responsible for the Canberra Nature Park, which is a system of 24 urban nature reserves, primarily for nature conservation, but also to provide recreational opportunities. The reserves include hundreds of kilometres of trails that can be used for a range of recreational activities.
Make sure you know the rules of the road, and obey them. The ACT Road User's Handbook is available from Motor Vehicle Registries.
Keep your bike in good condition; it will make your cycling safer and easier.
Suitable clothing and footwear help to make cycling safe and more comfortable, and reduce injuries in case of an accident. Helmets can protect you from serious head injuries.
Bicycle are hard to see, especially at night. Take care to make yourself easy to see.
Ride defensively! Keep your distance, control your speed, and share the road or pathway. Some pathways have white centre lines; keep to the left.
In the ACT, cyclists are permited to ride on footpaths (but NOT within 10 metres of a shop when the shop is open for business).
Pathways are for people of all sorts, whether running, walking, riding or in wheelchairs.
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