Tassie Bike News Bites

Volunteering and riding weekend

This Saturday is a big one in Hobart with a social ride, the Macquarie Point Open Day and our Volunteer Thank You drinks on Saturday afternoon/evening. Check out all the details here:

One of our more popular social rides is on Sunday with the Penguin to Ulverstone loop, followed by lunch:

Upcoming social rides are available on the Social Rides Calendar.

Government looking for West Tamar Hwy feedback

The state government is looking for your feedback on improvements to four sections of the West Tamar Highway, including better accommodation for people riding through widened and sealed shoulders.

The consultation is via an interactive map, where you can leave your suggestions on the relevant point on the map:

There are already a few comments of opposition from landowners between Rosevears Drive and Gravelly Beach Road where the highway shoulders are earmarked for proposed widening.

MTBers pumped in Railton

A new mountain bike pump track at Railton's Goliath Park is shaping up as part of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails project that links the town to Warrawee Reserve.

The $120,000 pump track will be suitable for mountain bikes, skateboards and scooters and will covered in all-weather asphalt and is due to be finished at the end of the month.

The next stage of the mountain bike network is to continue trails on to Sheffield and the Badgers Range.

Kingborough updates its tracks maps

Kingborough Council has updated its tracks and trails brochure with the new Snug to Margate shared path.

You can check out which tracks and shared paths are suitable for bike riding on the council’s website which has a summary and map for each of its tracks

Bicycle Network Tasmania collates maps and route advice on the website, including our RidewithGPS Ambassador routes, but if you think we’ve missed any, let us know.

Risdon Brook dam works won’t hinder riding

TasWater have work planned for Risdon Brook Reservoir in the new few weeks and into June but are confident that the walking/bike path loop won't be affected.

There may be some temporary blockages of the path as they move equipment but other than that the track will be open as normal on weekdays and weekends.

Break O’Day bike paths underway and on the way

The grants announced by Senator Steve Martin that were in doubt during the election campaign will go ahead according to Break O’Day mayor Mick Tucker on ABC Radio on 20 May.

For bike riders, the important grant was $2.1 million for a shared path around the bay to connect the St Helens centre through to Stieglitz.

Mr Tucker also said the 45 km Bay of Fires mountain bike track from Poimena to Swimcart looks set to open in November this year, with 28 km of track already completed. And the “stacked loop” mountain bike track south of St Helens has had 7 km completed with an opening also due before the end of the year.