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UTAS provide public–private bike parking

In a new twist on the bike parking offerings in Tasmania, the University of Tasmania has recently a finished a public–private bike parking site in Burnie.

As part of the redevelopment of the West Park campus, the university has provided a secure access bike parking shed for staff and students, but outside of it and under cover it has also provided public bike parking hoops, bike tools, and water fountain.

West Park sits on the coastal pathway along the waterfront and could be a useful place for pathway users to fix their bike, fill up their water bottles or lock up their bikes to head into town.

Tandem rider pilots in demand

Visually impaired Hobart rider Michael loves tandem riding and has been given the opportunity to buy his own bike, but before he does he’s keen to know if anyone is up for riding with him?

He has been riding distances of 40-70 km and he’s looking for people who would like to ride with him as his pilot.

If you are interested, please send through your contact details to and we’ll pass them through to Michael.

Causeway duplications to include shared path

The Department of State Growth has released its plans for the duplication of the causeways between Hobart and Sorell and they include a shared path.

The plans show a 2.5 metre wide shared path on the western side of both causeways.

The department is asking what people think about the placement and width via its website map before 18 March:

Clarence Council wants your views on Waverley Flora Park

Clarence Council is creating a 10-year management plan for the Waverley Flora Park and are interested in hearing how you use the park and what improvements you’d like to see.

In particular, whether the mountain bike jumps area is still needed considering the Clarence Mountain Bike Park is so close and has been upgraded.

Greens looking at bike rider issues

Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt and the party's lead Senate candidate Peter Whish-Wilson will be in Hobart on Saturday 19 March and want to talk bikes and transport. 

Head along to the Macquarie Food Store (upstairs) between 10.30 and 11.30 am to let them know what you'd like to see to make it easier to ride in Hobart and hear about the Green's Sustainable Transport Policy. RSVP and more information at:   

And Hobart City Council candidate Gemma Kitsos has created a petition calling on the council to improve the crossing over McRobies Road where the Rivulet path crosses into Cascade Gardens to make it easier to ride:

Taroona roadworks re-start

The Department of State Growth is back on Channel Highway in Taroona installing pedestrian lights near the school.

Riders will need to follow signs and directions for the 6 weeks or so it will take to build the lights.

The Department of State Growth has assured us that it will also be removing the temporary driveway that is currently causing a traffic hazard for rider.

One block of cycleway closing

The Intercity Cycleway between Sunderland Street and Derwent Park Road will be off limits for 3 weeks from 4 April.

The closure is to allow safe removal of asbestos from a factory along the path. 

Footpath connections exist to detour the block via Sunderland Street or Main Road.