A dirt track runs straight through picture flanked on both sides by dry eucalypt forest.
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North-West Bay River Track open

We checked out the new North West Bay track in Kingborough Council last week and it's a great option for MTB riders or riders wanting an introduction to rugged touring.

If you are not either of those kinds of riders but want to check it out, be aware that it's quite bumpy, the river crossings are slippery and tree roots have been exposed by recent slashing works.

River crossing of exposed rocks showing low water levels and high embankment in background. Dirt track over small wooden bridge.

More shared paths on the way

More shared paths are on their way with the announcement of successful Open Spaces grant recipients.

Councils that have received grants to build cycling and walking paths include:

  • Devonport - a new cycling/walking path to connect Don village
  • Kingborough - a new cycling/walking path to connect the Whitewater Creek Track to the sports precinct
  • Hobart - a new path connection to the Pipeline Track.
South Arm Road design underway

RoadsTas are calling for comments to help plan an upgrade of South Arm Road–Rokeby Road between Pass Road and Acton Road, and new intersection at Acton Road.

The first stage will be to upgrade the Acton Road intersection with lights, followed by potential road widening and a bypass of Rokeby.

Make your suggestions on the interactive map at before 15 December 2023.

Drawing of the South Arm Road upgrade route, with one section in red and the other section in blue.

Hobart Council ticks off on Battery Point, Lenah Valley plans

Hobart City Council has approved final local area mobility plans for Battery Point and Lenah Valley, which include a separated cycleway on Augusta Road and Battery Point Walkway.

The Lenah Valley plan includes a separated cycleway on Augusta Road as its priority project. Other projects listed but not prioritised include connecting the Giblin and Forster streets bike lanes and upgrading them to separated lanes, a separated lane on Creek Road, separated lanes on New Town Road and four streets nominated for traffic calming.

The Battery Point plan notes the walkway as one of its cycling projects, along with better on-road route connections through the suburb.

Map of Lenah Valley showing the proposed separated cycleways on Augusta Rd and Newtown Rd.

Try an electric cargo bike in Hobart

Hobart store Teros is providing a great opportunity to test ride its range of electric cargo bikes on the
Rivulet Track in Hobart on Saturday 9 December, between 10am and 1pm.

If you've been thinking about getting a cargo bike, come along and try bikes from Tern, Yuba, Benno and Moustache. Cargo e-bikes are eligible for the government's e-bike 12% rebate up to $1000.