Tassie bike news bites
Mt Wellington Challenge is back

After a few years on hiatus the Hobart Wheelers are bringing back the Mt Wellington Challenge time trial at 7 am on Sunday 1 March for Tasmanian Bike Week.

And for the first time, e-bikes will be able to participate with a ten-minute head start on the pushbikes.

The road will be closed to allow riders to head from the Longley Hotel to Neika and Fern Tree, before finishing at The Springs (14.1 km) or The Pinnacle (21.6 km).

You must register online before 6pm on 27 February (today); tickets are $42 and $30 for Cycling Australia race permit holders.

Bikes and Bangers on Intercity Cycleway

We held an impromptu pre-Bike Week BBQ on the Intercity Cycleway on Tuesday 25 February and got to talk to lots of passing riders about the issues important to them and promote #TasBikeWeek.

SWAG Family adds another date

The Swag Family has added another date to its Tasmanian Bike Week presentations: Australia by Bike on 1 March at Woodbridge. It's at 6.30 pm (straight after the sold-out 4.30 pm show) at West Winds Community Centre. Book now:

Kingborough Council presents city centre plan

A plan to redesign Kingston’s city centre is being presented to the community at 6 pm and 7 pm on Tuesday 3 March, although it doesn’t include much for bicycle riders.

Anyone who wants to attend needs to register and if you can’t get to the forum there is an online survey for your feedback on the draft plan to be filled out before 6 March.

The nub of the plan is to give Kingston a central focus and make it more engaging, mostly by redesigning the Channel Highway between Beach Rd and Freeman Street into a main street, planting more trees, and improving walking and cycling connections.

It doesn’t include any concrete plans for cycling infrastructure other than a commitment to more shared paths and introducing a 30 km/h speed limit on the Channel Highway.

Shared paths are good for children and unconfident riders, but will frustrate other riders who will end up on the road without dedicated cycling infrastructure, although if the 30 km/h speed limit was imposed throughout the entire city centre it would help improve conditions for riders.

Clarence city heart project kicks off

Clarence City Council has opened a community consultation on how it should renew its city centre and better connect Bellerive, Kangaroo Bay and Rosny Park.

The City Heart project’s goals include:

  • Designing facilities, walkable streets and bicycle networks that connect people to public spaces and activities; and
  • Developing high quality transport systems and ensuring that transport plays an appropriate role within the CBD.

You can send in your ideas and put ideas on a map as the first stage of the consultation. 

St Helens stacked loop shifted

Break O’Day Council has plans to shift some of its stacked loop mountain bike tracks in St Helens.

The realignment seeks to improve the functional operation of the network and move the tracks further away from wedge-tailed eagle nests and plants susceptible to the Phytophthora cinnamomi pathogen.

It would affect the loop 6 climb and descents on loops 4, 5 and 6.

The development application is available for comment until 2 March and can be seen on the council website

Tasman Bridge works swap sides
Get ready to swap sides on the Tasman Bridge as the northern path reopens on Wednesday 4 March, and the southern path closes.
This means you ride on the side of the bridge with the traffic heading out of Hobart between 7.30 am and 5 pm.
The project to replace and update the electrics on the bridge is still on track to finish by May.



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