Tassie Bike News Bites
Hobart gets more undercover hoops

Thanks to the University of Tasmania, Hobart has 6 more undercover bicycle hoops on Melville Street near the corner with Elizabeth Street.

The hoops are next to the car park entrance of the university’s accommodation block and are available for the public to use.

There are also 3 other hoops in the open air next to the new hoops, so keep this hub in mind for parking your bike when you’re next in the area.

Sign petition for kunanyi road closures

A car-free ride up to kunanyi/Mt Wellington has sparked a petition calling for regular road closures.

Chris Jenkins' brief petition simply asks the City of Hobart to recognise the benefits to people walking and riding by closing the road to cars either fortnightly or monthly.

It may appeal to families like Marilyn Owens’ who used the car-free conditions recently to urge the whole family up to the summit.

Work on final stage of Wild Mersey begins

Work on the final stage of 55 km of tracks in the Badgers Range has begun, with the first of the tracks possibly open by Christmas.

The new tracks will complete the full network which will stretch from Latrobe through Railton to Sheffield.

When finished, there will be close to 90km of tracks available in the area with the final stage set to have more blue rated tracks than the first two stages which were predominantly green rated.

Kingborough looks to drop speed on Roslyn Avenue

Kingborough Council is asking people who use Roslyn Avenue between Beach and Jindabyne roads in Kingston whether they support a speed limit reduction to 40 km/h in an online survey that’s open until 8 June.  

Roslyn Avenue is a main connector road through Kingston to Blackmans Bay but it’s narrow and uncomfortable to ride a bicycle on.

Reducing the speed limit may help some people who are reluctant to ride on the road feel more comfortable to do so.

Bike stolen in Tassie recovered in Victoria

After suffering through the spate of bicycle thefts across the state at the start of the year, there's a sliver of good news with the recovery of a bike stolen in Tassie at a Victorian pawn shop.

Esteban was touring around Tasmania on his Giant TCX Pro 1 in October last year when his bike was stolen at a caravan park in Latrobe. He reported the theft to Bike Vault, which was how it was discovered at a second-hand dealer in Frankston in Victoria this month.

One of our Bicycle Network colleagues in Melbourne saw the bike for sale and matched it to the theft report and contacted Victoria Police who recovered the bike and returned it to Esteban, there is no news yet if charges have been laid over the theft.

Mac Point path now shut

The bike path through Macquarie Point Development Corporation has now shut for a couple of months, so please use Davey Street to get to and from the end of the Intercity Cycleway.

And if you are heading into the city you can also now use the new bridge over Brooker Avenue, which lands at Bathurst and Campbell streets.

Intercity Cycleway not affected by Berriedale works

The Department of State Growth is doing some work on the bridge over the Intercity Cycleway at Berriedale but access to the path won't be affected.

There will be scaffolding in place during the work, which is due to finish in June, leaving 3 metres height clearance and no impact on path width.

World Trail to build George Town tracks

George Town Council has announced World Trail as the builders of its new $4.4 million mountain bike network

Around 80 km of MTB tracks of varying skill levels are planned for Mount George near the town centre and Tippogoree hills, with a shuttle service to take riders to the tops of trails. 

World Trail have built tracks at Blue Derby and St Helens and Director Glen Jacobs said the George Town network would "sit up with those world class venues" as well as supporting the local ride culture in Launceston and surrounds. 

Detailed track designs will be released in July, with construction due to start in October and trail openings by October 2021. 

Shoulder to be fixed at Willie Smith's

The Tasmanian Government is starting work this Monday to widen the road shoulder and move a safety barrier on the Huon Highway outside Willie Smith's.

Roadwork this time last year to improve safety for drivers inadvertently reduced it for people riding by narrowing the shoulder and installing a barrier that pushes riders into the traffic lane.

The work is happening 7.30-5, Monday to Saturday, until June.