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New shared path opens at Perth bypass

The new Midland Highway bypass of Perth has been completed, along with a new short section of sealed shared path linking Perth to Illawarra Road.

The 3-metre-wide asphalt shared path extends from the end of Drummond Street to Illawarra Road, opposite Pateena Road, with slightly narrower sections underneath two bridges.

This section of Illawarra Road is a popular stretch for riders in and out of Longford but can be uncomfortable crossing the two bridges as the shoulders disappear. The Department of State Growth has an upgrade of this stretch of Illawarra Road on its to-do list, so hopefully it can incorporate a safe connection between the end of the path and Longford.

Thanks to Colin Cocker for the pics of the new shared path and his continuing lobbying for better conditions for cycling in the area.

Hobart Bike Kitchen looking for new chefs

Hobart Bike Kitchen is on the lookout for new volunteers to help others fix up bikes as it prepares to re-open on Sunday 5 July.

Volunteers don't have to be expert bike mechanics and don't have to attend every Sunday, if you are interested please email

Sessions are held on Sundays at the back of 130 Davey Street, Hobart, between 1 and 4 pm.

Kunanyi petition goes to council

So many people enjoyed the recent closure of Pinnacle Road on kunanyi/Mt Wellington to cars that more than 1300 signed a petition calling for it to be a regular event and that petition is going to be presented to the 6 July Hobart City Council meeting.

Local rider Chris Jenkins started the petition calling for the road to be closed to cars once a fortnight or once a month so people can walk and ride to the top of the mountain.

If it’s accepted at this Monday's meeting it will be referred to a committee for reporting and then come back to the council for a decision.

City to Gardens Way open for feedback, again

The City of Hobart has decided to re-open its public feedback period on its draft City to Gardens Way shared path network, which links the city to the Domain.

The online survey will be open until 13 July and all the relevant documents are available on the City’s website.

As part of the re-opened consultation there will be a “walk and talk” on Saturday 11 July; there are no details of what time this will be, but you can RSVP and get more information by calling 0448 332 560 before Friday 10 July.

Thriving Tasmania forum

How many people have you heard say the COVID-19 restrictions have left them wanting a different future for Tasmania?

Tasmania Way is putting together an online forum on Thursday 9 July, 10 am – noon, for people to discuss what they’d like to see change – better places to ride your bike, anyone?

The results of the forum will be fed into a submission to the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council consultation process.

Ride2School workshops back in schools

 If your kids or grandkids enjoyed riding their bikes more often during the COVID-19 restrictions, why not help them keep riding through our Ride2School program?

We are taking bookings now for terms 3 and 4 at all Tasmanian primary schools, to improve children's bike skills and road safety knowledge.

Let your school know you support Ride2School and ask them to get in contact with us to book in a free workshop via email: