Park and Pedal - Black Mountain (Caswell Drive) to Belconnen

One of the most underused carparks on the western side of Black Mountain is located adjacent to Caswell drive. It has numerous carparks and is well located to go to to Belconnen, Gunghalin, Woden or the City! This ride to Belconnen is mainly on dedicated bike paths, only occasionally crossing the road. The views along the way are fantastic, passing through a couple of nature parks. RIDE CONSIDERATIONS When riding a bike you should always be aware of the environment around you and the status of the path and route. Caution is required and you should not rely on the information on this web page to protect your safety. Our information is to help guide you on the direction - but it does not contain a comprehensive listing of all the safety issues you may face. In Canberra, there are animals such as kangaroos that sometimes wander onto the track including kangaroos and branches and loose matter such as sticks, rocks and soil. Likewise, you should be vigilant at all intersections and if you need to travel on the road, please be aware of all your surroundings including people potentially opening doors in front of you and cars approaching intersections. Defensive riding is recommended at all times. ACT GOVERNMENT - PARK AND PEDAL INITIATIVE Many Canberrans live too far away from work to regularly commute by bike the whole way. The ACT Government's Park & Pedal initiative allows Canberrans to drive their car part-way to work, park their car for free, and pedal the remainder of the journey. Park & Pedal complements other part-way active travel schemes already underway in the ACT including the Park and Ride and Bike and Ride facilities. The first Park & Pedal location in the ACT is being trialled at the Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum carpark on Barrenjoey Drive, just off the Tuggeranong Parkway. This is an ideal location as it is only 30 minutes comfortable ride from the City and Woden, and also from the National Triangle and Barton precincts. A coffee van is located at the carpark every morning between 6:30am and 9:15am. The scheme here in the ACT is an Australian first, drawing on the success of similar schemes internationally, including in the US, Canada and the UK. In Boston, there are now more than 30 carparks identified for the Park & Pedal scheme, with the numbers of people choosing this option continually growing. Further details can be found at - ACT GOVERNMENT - ACTIVE TRANSPORT The ACT Government is committed to promoting Active Travel. The range of benefits it generates including physical, mental, environmental, community and economic are well established. For more information on how the Government is assisting - go here ... ACT GOVERNMENT - CYCLE-FRIENDLY The ACT Government is an active and forward thinking supporter of cycling as a mode of transport. It has funded and operates a range of facilities to actively promote and support commuting and cycling across the ACT. You can find its services at - A summary from their website of this information is provided below. Bike & Ride allows you to lock your bicycle in a bike cage, locker, or on a bike rail during the day and catch an ACTION bus to complete your journey. Bike cages are secure shelters available to MyWay cardholders who simply swipe their MyWay card to open the door and can place their bike on one of the racks inside. Bike lockers are the most secure option when combining bike and bus travel. Passengers are required to supply their own lock to ensure the locker remains secure. Bike rails are installed at over 15 bus stop locations. You will need to provide a secure lock. Most Blue Rapid and Red Rapid buses are equipped with bike racks that hold your bike while you're travelling by bus.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: Less than 1 hour
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 5.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber

Public discussion (2)


Jane Wagner

2 months ago


I have been using the Aboretum car park (which is not a 30 minute ride for newbie cyclists into the parliamentary triangle), but this park and pedal seems to be shorter route into the parliamentary triangle.

My query relates to folks travelling from the northside to park their car, it is not clear how to access this car park, i.e. is it best to exit at Aranda or does one need to exit at the Lady Denman drive and come back around (noting this is nightmare exit and thereby negating the benefits of riding as one is stuck in exit traffic).

Given this car park is not well utilised, some information on how to access before getting to the ride stage would be rather helpful for folks considering using it.

Thanks, Jane

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CyclelifeHQ .

2 months ago

Hi Jane. Thanks for visiting the site and thanks for the feedback. We will update the site with your suggestion on better outlining access to the car park as well as the time.

Coming from the north, I would access it via William Hovell drive. Depending where you come from North side - I would typically recommend to access William Hovell via Bindubi Street. I hope that helps.

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