Tassie Bike News Bites

Tasman Highway cycling facilities up for comment

More maps and proposed road projects for you to consider, this time on the Tasman Highway between Midway Point and the Hobart Airport.

The Department of State Growth is saying that cycling facilities will be provided along the stretch of highway between Midway Point and Sorell - you can comment online or in person at the following drop-in sessions:

• CWA Memorial Hall, Sorell, Tuesday 11 June, 4-7 pm
• Okines Community House, Dodges Ferry, Monday 17 June, 5-7 pm
• Midway Point community hall, Midway Point, Saturday 22 June, 2-4 pm.

Railton–Sheffield Rail Trail cleared

The state government has reacted quickly to remove the illegal fence built over the Railton–Sheffield Rail Trail.

Bicycle Network wrote to Crown Lands and Minister Guy Barnett protesting the fence along with Kentish Council and Tassie Trail’s northern coordinator.

The Minister’s office kept us up to date with negotiations with the person who had erected the fence and the trail was eventually cleared and re-opened to the public on 31 May 2019.

New NE MTB tracks get tweaked

The new mountain bike (MBT) track from Poimena to Bay of Fires may get a slight detour and new car park if a development application goes through Break O'Day Council.

The proposal includes building a new car park and temporary toilets at the northern end of Poimena Road, and new section of MTB track around Mt Poimena to separate people walking and riding.

Public comment on the plans closes on 7 June.

City of Launceston looking for direction

The City of Launceston Official has launched a six part public consultation project to shape the future of the city called Tomorrow Together.

Better conditions for bike riding can fit into several of the topics being covered, including “a mobile and accessible city”, “a well designed city”, “a resilient city”, and “a social, inclusive and fair city”.

To have your voice heard, register at for alerts on when each of the topics is open for comment.

Battery Point slipyards master plan silent on pathway

The City of Hobart has put out a master plan for the Battery Point slipyards for public feedback.

The plan makes no mention of a Battery Point pathway and where it would land in the slipyards if it goes ahead, despite that being the intention in the last lot of plans issued by the council.

If you want to see clear commitment to the shared pathway from the council, let them know via their Your Say site: