When we discuss obstacles to cycling, it is often meant figuratively, but not this time. As a cyclist, you will quickly notice the number of obstacles that are thrown in your path. The older areas of Canberra were not built for the cyclist.
- Common hazards
- Other common Canberra barrier types
- Barrier types also found in OpenStreetMap
As a cyclist, we are accustomed to being careful, and we know that many motorists and pedestrians do not seem to notice us. A bike is either too fast or too quiet for many people. This is one of the reasons why we need to be seen – as we cannot be heard. We need to keep our eyes open crossing roads and travelling along community paths. The barriers are an extra burden and discourage cycling. 🙂
Below in the table are photos of barrier types found in Canberra. Some are more common than others. Some are safer than others. Some can be hard to see in the dark, particularly when the paths are unlit.
Cycle barrier: Melba is an absolute cycle barrier paradise. They can be hard to see at night.
Cattle grid: Mulligans Flat Road has three cattle grid crossings close together.
Horse stile: Common along the Bicentennial National Trail.
Stile are often found beside gates or along a fence line (Hawker): Common in Canberra Nature Park.
Swing gate: A swing gate can be hard to get around, particularly if there is stones or drainage ditches on either side. Common in the National Arboretum.
Other common Canberra barrier types
A cyclist will find barriers everywhere.
Barrier types also found in OpenStreetMap
Other barrier types found in OpenSteetMap. The add photos of ACT designs.
- Guard rail
- Retaining wall
- Chain barrier
- Lift gate
- Cable barrier