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New Rivulet path section closed to bike riders

After touting the new section of the Hobart Rivulet Path as a link for bike riders, the City of Hobart has slapped a ban on bicycles.

The new section was made possible after the council acquired land which allowed the path to bypass McKellar Street, which has a narrow gravel path which is uncomfortable for people riding because of its width and power pole positioning.

During the public consultation process for the project it was described as being a new link for people walking and riding.

But now it has been opened signs have gone up banning riders from using it, forcing them back on to McKellar Street.

Bicycle Network has written to the City of Hobart seeking an explanation for the bike ban.

Giant e-bike store coming to St Helens

Giant is setting up an e-bike concept store in St Helens in October, ready for the opening of the St Helens mountain bike trails later in the year.

The workshop will be run by Break O’Day Cycles owner Matt Grundy, who closed his store in April this year.

Quoted in the Examiner, Mr Grundy said it made sense for Giant to try out an e-bike focus because of the length and steepness of the trails in St Helens.

“It’s because of the distances involved; it’s going to suit the area really well.

“It also means that, with an e-bike from the centre of town where the shop’s located you have access to the trails without needing a car.”

The St Helen’s store will be in the Cecilia Street Morty’s on the Bay complex.

Taswater work slows down Sandy Bay Rd

Taswater is starting work on a sewer main on Sandy Bay Road in late July that will last for about one month and cause some diversion of bike lanes.

The sewer main is between Waimea and Maning avenues and work will happen between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, with some potential Saturday work.

A 40 km zone will be in place during the work and bike lanes will be diverted during the first few weeks. Traffic managers will be on site and signage should be in place during each stage that acommodates people riding and walking.

Meehan Range next MTB upgrade potential

Mountain bike track builders DirtArt have announced plans to build new descending mountain bike trails at beginner/intermediate level at the Meehan Range in Mornington.

The company says the trails would be free for the public to access and would be in addition to existing trails.

The company are also proposing to build a new car parking area, uplift service, café, bike hire and bike school.

The proposal is going through the state government’s Expressions of Interest process for public land and Dirt Art says the next stage will include public and stakeholder consultation sessions to inform track design.

A Draft Management Statement for the Range was released by the Parks Service in 2017 but no formalisation of the statement has occurred since.