Many would have noticed that cycle paths are often built low down and are susceptible to flooding – some more than others. ACTmapi provides information on flood plains in Canberra.
Future urban areas are new greenfield developments and typically managed by the ACT Suburban Land Agency. Offsets are often found adjacent to these areas. Images from ACTmapi showing the areas.
For a long time, suburbs were built for cars – footpaths were seen as optional. Canberra’s older suburbs often lack paths. The newer suburbs are better and the paths make them pedestrian friendly.
Bicycles are arguably the most efficient machine ever invented, however, everything has its limits. A 30m section of steep path is all that is required to bring a cyclist to a stop. Pushing a bike up steep paths is not popular amongst cyclists. Better is to build the paths so that they are never so steep to become unrideable. Austroads Standards tell us how. Hilly terrain requires careful route and path design.