Tassie Bike News Bites
Join the sisterhood on 8 Sept

We're celebrating Women's Health Week and gearing up our easy training rides for Women on Wheels in March, with the next social ride on Sunday 8 September at 10 am. 

This time around we're heading to The Duchess in Sandy Bay for some well-earned cake and coffee, leaving from the car park at the Boathouse restaurant in Cornelian Bay by 10 am. 

We'll take the Intercity Cyclway, waterfront paths and then through Battery Point down to King Street. 

If you'd like to meet up with the group along the path, just let us know when you RSVP. This is a fair weather ride, so please RSVP in case it is cancelled. 

Bike Ride becomes Roll Cycles & heads north

Well known Hobart bike shop Bike Ride has opened in the north and changed its name to Roll Cycles in both cities.

The new Launceston shop is at 112 Cimitiere Street and will also rent out bikes through the old Cranke operation, which has now become Roll Rentals. 

Heroic riding effort all the way from Tas

A big shout out to one of our previous Bicycle Network Tasmania committee member, Andrew Heard, who has just finished his FOURTH Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur in a time of 86 hours, 50 minutes and 9 seconds!

The iconic event involves riding 1200km in a limited time, usually taking about three days.

Riders course through the beautiful French countryside, from Rabouillet (south of Paris) to the coast at Brest, and back again. They are feted by the locals, and grab food and a wink of sleep where they can.

If you’ve ever thought of doing something like this yourself, now you know who to hit up for advice! 

Greater Hobart Bill now accommodates cycling 

In a rare show of collaboration and cooperation the government, opposition parties and upper house have all worked together with local government to make changes to the Greater Hobart Bill proposed by the Greens that acknowledge the importance of active and low emissions transport.

The parliament passed the amendments on 30 July 2019, which include changes to

- better cater for people of all abilities and needs to access infrastructure.

- facilitate the efficient and safe flow of transport, to improve access to, and to further the use of, public passenger transport, and to encourage and promote the use of transport with low-carbon emissions, in the Greater Hobart area.

The new clauses join the existing change to the bill which redefined the definition of transport to include: “infrastructure to enable road, rail, water or air transport or the movement of pedestrians or bicyclists”.

Devonport adds some loops

Devonport Council has added some more bike parking as part of the first stage of its Living City project.

The new parking loops are outside the revolving door of the Paranaple Centre and on two sides of the Market Square.

The Waterfront Parkland stage of the project will add bike parking at the playground at the corner of Rooke and Best Streets, and at the barbecue shelter.

Southern mountain biker surveys open

Mountain bike riders are being surveyed on both sides of the river about tracks on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and the Meehan Range.

Have your say on connecting the network in the lower foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and how you feel about sharing tracks with people walking before 31 August.

On the eastern shore, Dirt Art have released a survey of riders about the company's proposal for new tracks and uplift service at the Meehan Range.

It will also be organising a public information session on the eastern shore in the evening on Thursday 19 September.  

Penguin gets peddling
Penguin is set to get peddling with the Get on your Bike! sessions on Saturday 7 September at the Reseed Centre from 10 am to 3 pm.
All bike riders of all ages are invited to come along to try an electric bike, get your bike fitted correctly, get help with basic bike maintenance, find out about bike clubs in the area, and join the family ride leaving at 2 pm.