Tassie bike news bites
Glenorchy ebikes get unexpected boost

When the revamp of Glenorchy started years ago the designers were thinking of electric wheelchair users and events when they put two power points in the wall outside the Glenorchy Library.

But local e-bike riders have found them and are using the seat handle to lock up and charge while stocking up on books inside.

The Inspiring Place architects, who installed the power points , are now thinking about future bike parking design that incorporates power points for e-bikes for their next streetscape project.

Kingborough waterproofs safe cycling link

Kingborough Council has sealed the underpass which can take people riding and walking across Algona Road to Patriarch Drive in Huntingfield.

The crossing is a safe alternative to crossing at the busy roundabout at Fork in the Road and the Antarctic Division.

It connects to a gravel path to Huntingfield, which Bicycle Network would like to see improved and to eventually become a path connecting Kingston to Margate and Snug.

Intercity Cycleway detour in March and April

Glenorchy Council has created a short detour off the Intercity Cycleway for the next month to undertake maintenance work on the bridge over Humphreys Rivulet.

The council has installed temporary ramps on the street corners while the detour is in place. 

E-bike tops Launceston transport challenge

The Tamar Bicycle Users Group staged a transport challenge in Launceston for Tasmanian Bike Week, and surprise, surprise, the e-bike came out on top. 

An e-bike rider, pushbike rider and car drive were given a list of errands to run. They left from Riverside Council Chambers, headed to the library to drop off books, picked up some mail at the post office and shopped at Aspire Outdoor and Cycle 2 before finishing at the Aquatic Centre.

The e-bike rider took 25 minutes, pushbike rider 29 minutes and the car driver 31 minutes.

Road Safety Week videos to highlight traffic dangers

We’ve had a terrible start to the year for road safety in Tasmania, unfortunately providing plenty of ideas for young people wanting to enter this year’s Road Safety Week video competition.

Road Safety Week is held in the first week of May and the competition is open to people aged 16–19 to produce a 30 second video about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving, picking up on the Road Safety Advisory's Council's current Don't Drive Blind campaign.

The winner/s will receive $5000, second prize $3000 and third prize wins five RACT driving lessons and road assistance. Entries close on 19 April.