Tassie Bike News Bites
Improving riding conditions between Legana & Launceston

While the West Tamar Highway is a favourite route out of Launceston for road cyclists, for other bicycle riders there are is no continuous path or protected cycleway to get safely between Legana and Launceston.

The state government has opened public comments on its West Tamar Highway Corridor Study, which will look at the feasibility of a new bridge over the Tamar River and how to improve safety and connectivity between Legana and Launceston for all transport modes.

Providing your comments is very easy via the online interactive map. Comments are open until 8 May 2020 and you can get more information about the project via email.


Recreational path etiquette

People flocking to recreational paths around the state are causing some angst for regular users, especially the influx of young and inexperienced scooters and riders.

Clarence City Council is taking the right approach by recognising that demand is exceeding supply and asking people to adapt to the circumstances and treat each other with respect.

Remember to keep left, ring your bell or call out passing, and to slow down when passing other people, especially older folk.

Tell City of Hobart how pandemic affects you

If you think Hobart needs more places for people to walk and ride, let the City of Hobart know through its short online survey.

Its Hobart Together project is asking how the pandemic is affecting your life and what help or support you think the City should be offering to the community.

There's a chance on the survey to point out the places where existing infrastructure is not coping with the volumes of people walking and riding, and to request the City responds by creating temporary paths and bike lanes.

Sharron goes the distance

Turners Beach Zwift enthusiast and Bicycle Network member, Sharron Yaxley, has broken another  record on the online riding program, becoming the first woman in the world to ride 100,000 km.

In August last year she broke the record for distance ridden by a woman in 24 hours: 836.1 km.

"Five years ago I was told I couldn't ride my bike more than 5 km because of my osteoarthritis and here I am at 100,000," she said in The Advocate newspaper.

Listen in to MTB desires

There is some interesting listening on offer over the coming weeks - podcasts of Hobart MTB riders talking about what they want to see happen in the foothills on kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

The City of Hobart has just released its new plan for the area and the people interviewed in the podcasts were all involved in providing ideas and suggestions for what the track network could look like.

Thanks to Shredding Betties for getting these podcasts happening.


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