The Best of Canberra Mountain Bike project is aimed at linking existing mountain bike destinations and creating new ones as an attraction to the mountain biking community both here and interstate. Find out more at https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/CanberraMTBExperience.
Obviously the government sees this as an economic project as much as a recreational one. There has so far been very little consultation with other users of our public open space who are likely to be impacted by bike focused infrastructure. We have already seen plans from some segments of the cycling community to co-opt the Bicentennial National Trail as part of the network and there will be calls for more trails in places there are not as yet cycle tracks. New walking and cycling trails are being built in the Arboretum as we speak. ACTEA and the BNT will be making written submissions about safety and equity. In the meantime it is important people other than cyclists got to the Your Say website above seeking registrations for public workshops in north and south Canberra at the end of this month. They are an opportunity to find out more about this project and how it might impact on amenity for open space users other than cyclists in the Territory.
If you have any info or suggestions to ACTEA for inclusion in submissions or conversations with the government about this project please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.