Tassie Bike News Bites

Mac Pt path goes offline

The super smooth bike path through Macquarie Point will be off limits for a few months while the Corporation undertakes works through the site.

It is expected that the closure will begin in mid May and run through until the end of July.

Riders will have to take the Davey Street path instead, which will also be affected by the Macquarie Point works in the coming weeks but in a good way.

Instead of taking the tight turning path around the vehicle driveway near the old Engineers Building, riders will be directed straight ahead. The driveway entrance will be blocked off for the works and so riders won’t need to follow the path around for that section.

The Corporation will erect signs giving you notice of the closure and detours while the works are underway.

Invermay road works to close bike lane

The Department of State Growth has started upgrading intersections along Goderich Street in Invermay, including lights at the Gleadow Street intersection to make it easier for people riding to get through to the University of Tasmania's Inveresk campus.

The University Trail runs down the western side of Goderich Street, and the Launceston City Council plans to create a cycling and walking link along Gleadow Street to connect it to the Inveresk campus.

There will be lane closures on Goderich Street during the works, and bike lane closures on Forster Street, so look out for alternative routes.

Research into over-50 riders

Researchers at the University of NSW are examining how people aged over 50 view bicycle riding and are looking for survey participants from around the country.

Click on the link to fill out the short survey which looks at your riding habits, safety perceptions and changes due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The results will be used to identify strategies, education, and environmental and regulatory changes to better support (slightly) older riders.

Tasman Bridge open both sides

The government has finished working on the Tasman Bridge electrical switchboards so the paths on both sides of the bridge are now open.

The electrical boxes now sit flush with the fence but you'll still have to negotiate the huge maintenance gantries which jut into the path.

The state government still hasn’t responded to recommendations from the Tasmanian Coroner from 2016 to improve safety along the bridge's access paths.

Hobart plan on hold due to COVID-19

The City of Hobart has delayed public consultation on the Central Hobart Precincts Plan due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The project team will update the March Baseline Report once a clearer idea of how assumptions behind the research might be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The public consultation process will then re-start.

The City has re-opened its public survey and ideas map. 

Shredding Betties gloves raise fire relief

The COVID-19 crisis emerged so soon after the tragic bushfires that affected most Australian states over summer, it's easy to forget that many places still need to rebuild.

Local mountain bike club Shredding Betties decided to help by commissioning riding gloves that will contribute $5 from each sale to rebuilding MTB facilities.

The gloves, featuring native flowers, were designed by Tasmanian artist Amy Brezinsca and are manufactured by Fist Handwear.