Tassie bike news bites
New Aberdeen Street crossing completed

The City of Hobart has finished its new slightly raised pedestrian and cycling crossing at the corner of Aberdeen Street and the Tasman Highway just down from the Aquatic Centre.

The new crossing will help smooth the way between the two new bridges, once the Rose Garden Bridge is open.

The City has also implemented signage for people riding to take the lower path and leave the top path for people walking, which has been recommended in the City to Gardens Way project which is still open for public feedback

It's getting crowded out here

With everyone out walking and riding to get their daily exercise and a glimpse of life outside their homes, some of our narrow paths are struggling to cope.

Giving everyone 1.5 metres buffer on some of our footpaths is sometimes impossible to do without stepping on to the road.

Channel Highway in Taroona is an example of such a narrow footpath that people often need to step into the bike lane to give people enough room when passing. 

Are there any other paths or roads around Tasmania where you think people walking and riding need more room?

Send us an email with examples of places where paths could be widened or pop-up bike lanes installed to make is safer for people walking and riding.

March solo rides

Last month we asked people to send in their photos of recent solo or duo rides around Tassie.

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos, a bright side of this crisis is seeing all the people using bikes for transport and exercise.

Please keep sending in your riding photos. Just post on to our Facebook page and we’ll collate them to share with you in future In the Loops.

Vote for cycling on new Launceston network

Launceston Together is a new social networking site which links people to communities and interests in common and it's asking locals to vote on 50 ideas as part of the Great Regional City Challenge.

Quite a few of the ideas centre on bike riding and getting more physically active, so if you are interested go online and vote for your top 5.

Tamar Bicycle Users Group has worked with On your Bike Tours, Cycle2 Launceston, Reclink and the YMCA to come up with the Launceston A Great Cycling City initiative.  

The networking site has been created by Volunteering TasmaniaAnglicare TasLaunceston City MissionCatholic Care TasmaniaUniting in Tasmania and The Salvation Army Tasmania

New Rosny Hill shared path


Work has started on a new shared path along the top of Rosny Hill Road and will take a couple of weeks to complete.

It will provide a vital cycling link between the shared path on the northern side of the Tasman Highway and the Foreshore Trail.

Cycling trip cut short

Two Tasmanians cycling around South America have had a lucky escape from the continent after getting trapped by the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Mercury Newspaper reported that Izaac Gardner and Gus Goodwolf are now safely in Sydney after their 7-month cycling trip was cut short, and will spend another two weeks in isolation when they return to Tasmania.

The duo had a dicey trip across Bolivia trying to escape to Brazil before hitching a ride home via Chile with the Israeli military.