Park and Pedal - Barton - North Route


This bike ride takes you into the heart of Canberra's National institutions including the National Library, Questacon, The National Gallery, the National Archives and the National Portrait Gallery and then onto Barton. It is mainly along a shared path all the way. From the Park and Pedal Carpark, and facing the lake you turn left onto the shared path. Follow it for approx. 6.3 km and ride under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and then do a loop to cross Lake Burley Griffin. As soon as you cross the Bridge, take the left hand offshoot and follow the shared path passing all the National institutions on your right. When you come to Kings Avenue Bridge you turn right onto Kings Avenue and then onto National Circuit in the heart of Barton.


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. 3D simulation of ride:

3D representation of ride *


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 -

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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 Active Travel


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 

Getting Around Canberra

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.

* this is an illustrative only version of the ride and should not be relied on for exact route.

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8.523 km / 5.296 mi

Total Distance

144 m / 472 ft

Total Ascent

154 m / 504 ft

Total Descent

573 m / 1,879 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
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
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
Estimated Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 64
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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