Cycling in Canberra

Cycling in Canberra

Biking in the cycling capital

The ACT is a great place to ride a bike, with its cool temperate climate, beautiful natural environment, parks and open spaces to explore. Our city is known for its extensive path network that intertwines through the suburbs, and its high-quality road infrastructure including cycle lanes. Whether you are a Canberra resident or visitor to our city, cycling is a great way to get around the bush capital. 

Pedal Power’s ongoing advocacy work has been instrumental in shaping the design of our city. Read more about the work we are doing to make Canberra an even more bike-friendly city.

Where to cycle in Canberra

Cycling is a great way to get around Canberra! Your Guide to Cycling in Canberra will help you map your route across the city. 

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

  • the Pedal Power ACT office (Level 2 Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City) between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, or
  • the Canberra and Region Visitor’s Centre (Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT 2600) between 9am and 5pm, -Monday to Friday and between 9am and 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

You can also request to have a copy mailed to you for $7.00 by contacting Pedal Power on office@pedalpower.org.au or 6248 7995

Lake Burley Griffin is known as “the jewel in Canberra’s crown” and a great place to ride. The lake is surrounded by paved paths, offering loop rides from 5 to 35 kms, with stunning lake views of iconic Canberra landmarks. 

Download the Lake Burley Griffin Cycling Map from Visit Canberra.

The Canberra Centenary Trail is a great option for mountain bikers, offering a 145 km loop through urban and rural settings. You can join or leave the trail at different locations, or complete the whole ride over three days.

Find out more about the Canberra Centenary Trail.

 

Cycling off-road

Canberra’s nature parks and reserves have some great trails for off-road cycling.

Find out more about mountain biking trails in Canberra from Canberra Off-road Cyclists.

Canberra is home to world-class mountain biking facilities, Stromlo Forest Park and the Majura Pines trails.

Stromlo Forest Park boasts more than 50 km of custom-designed cross-country trails, as well as dirt jumps and dedicated zones for every skill level. 

 Find out more about where to cycle in Canberra from Visit Canberra.
 

Where to hire a bike in Canberra

  • Canberra has a dock-less bike sharing platform called Airbike, with bikes available in the parliamentary triangle and the inner north.
  • ShareaBike Canberra also offers bike rental in the inner north and parliamentary triangle. Stations are located at hotels, and bikes are available to non-guests.
  • Bike Cycle Hire Canberra ACT rents out a range of bikes, including children’s bikes and tandems. They deliver to hotels in any of the central suburbs.
  • The Cyclery in Fyshwick hires mountain bikes and road bikes.

All of these businesses provide you with a helmet when you hire a bike with them!

Bike shops

Canberra boasts a large number of bike shops, and many of them offer Pedal Power member discounts. Consult our member discount page for details.

Where to stay in Canberra

If you are looking for bike-friendly accommodation in Canberra and the surrounding region, we recommend you try our preferred accommodation provider, Abode Hotels. Perfect for riders, Abode welcome both you and your bike, with bike washing facilities, a secure lockup, and a washer/drier in each room. Riders are also welcome to take their bike into their rooms with them. Read more about our deal for Pedal Power members.

The following options are also available for bike touring visitors:

  • Canberra Motor Village, O’Connor. Located on the bike path, offers all styles of accommodation from camping to 4 star motel
  • White Ibis Holiday Village, Sutton 
  • Canberra South Motor Park, Cnr Canberra Ave and Monaro Hwy 
  • Caravan Park Carotel Federal Hwy, Watson 
  • ACT Government camping grounds at Woods Reserve, Blue Range, Mt Stromlo, Blue Gum, Laurel Camp, Namadgee National Park, and Cotter Reserve 1
  • YHA Canberra, Canberra City 

Bikes and public transport

Bike and buses

Combine your bike ride with public transport to get around Canberra – and help reduce pollution and congestion!

Fold-up bikes can be carried as luggage inside the bus.

Up to two regular bikes can be carried on the racks installed on the front of most buses. To find out if your bus is equipped with a bike rack, visit the NXTBUS website or download their app. 

Find out more about bikes on buses from Transport Canberra.

Bike and light rail

Canberra’s light rail is expected to begin operation in early 2019. Each light rail vehicle will have the capacity to carry four bicycles. 

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Bike storage

Alternatively, you can securely store your bike in a locker or cage while you continue your commute by bus. There are 6 bike lockers and 6 bike cages around Canberra, mostly near major bus routes. They are free, but you must apply to use them. Bike racks, installed at bus stops across Canberra, can be used without reservation.

To find out more, visit the Transport ACT website.