The Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris has announced the opening of four new Park and Pedal locations.
New facilities are now open at the Glenloch Interchange, as well as Evatt and at two spots in Hackett.
“The car parks all provide free parking, good connections with major road networks and off-road paths to nearby suburbs. Each site offers a bike ride of around 30 minutes to key work locations,” Minister Fitzharris said.
“Most of the paths are sealed and one from Hackett offers a unique, off-road mountain bike experience to the city.”
Pedal Power ACT Executive Officer John Armstrong says that he hopes that providing new options will encourage the uptake of cycle commuting in the ACT.
"Four new Park and Pedal locations will allow more Canberrans to enjoy the benefits of riding to work," he said.
The new locations below join the initial Park and Pedal location at the Arboretum:
- Caswell Drive, Glenloch Interchange
- Hackett Shops, Hackett Place (northern park; to the rear of shops)
- Kellaway Street, Hackett
- Palmerville Heritage Park, Evatt
Most of the paths are sealed, while the ride from Kellaway Street, Hackett offers an off-road mountain bike experience to the city.
"It’s a gentle route with no specific skills needed," said Anna Gurnhill of the Government's Active Travel Office. "The track follows a well-defined fire trail around the base of Mt Ainslie."
All of the locations offer secure parking and excellent connections to both roads and active travel routes. Additionally, security at Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum has been increased, with extra security patrols introduced in recent months.
As with any carpark, users are reminded not to leave valuables in their car at any of the Park and Pedal locations.
Maps of the Park and Pedal locations and routes are available from Cycle Life HQ.
Find out more about the Park and Pedal initiative at the Transport Canberra website.