Hobart bridge build begins & transport strategy opens

Hobart has started building a new shared path bridge over the Brooker Highway into Bathurst Street that will complete a connection to the Intercity Cycleway. 

Once it’s finished it will complement the new shared path bridge being built from the Cenotaph to the Queens Domain to bring riders from the cycleway into the city.

No plans have been released for how the City may connect the bridge to future on-road bike lanes or separated cycleways.

The bridge will deliver riders to Bathurst Street near the corner of Campbell Street, where they are then left to ride on the road without any separation or bicycle lanes.

Separated bi-directional cycleways down Campbell and Bathurst streets may be one solution, as would contra-flow cycleways on both streets.

Bicycle Network would like to see the bridge join to separated cycleways to complete the protected journey from the Intercity Cycleway to entice more people of all ages and abilities to ride for transport.

Construction is due to finish in early 2019, and for the next six months there will be road and footpath closures and detours. The footpath in the University Rose Gardens closest to Brooker Avenue between Railway Roundabout and the UTAS School of Nursing and Midwifery will be closed during the build.

Hobart Transport Strategy – make your voice heard

The draft Hobart Transport Strategy is open for you to comment on until 6 August. 

The strategy will be the overarching guide for bicycle infrastructure and programs for the coming years so if you agree with what’s being proposed or think anything is missing, this is your chance to have your voice heard.  

To help you understand the strategy and make comment, four information sessions are planned:

Monday 23 July, 4–6 pm
South Hobart Living Art Centre
14 Weld Street, South Hobart
4.15 pm: school community discussion
5.15 pm: general community discussion

Tuesday 24 July, 4–6 pm
Derwent Sailing Squadron
23 Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay
4.15 pm: school community discussion
5.15 pm: general community discussion

Wednesday 25 July, 4–6 pm
Lenah Valley Community Hall
22 Creek Road, Lenah Valley
4.15 pm: school community discussion
5.15 pm: general community discussion

Thursday 26 July
Town Hall Ballroom
50 Macquarie Street, Hobart  
Presentations at 1.15 pm, 5.15 pm and 6.15 pm

For more information on the sections of the strategy that will affect bicycle riders, visit the Tasmanian newsroom