February 2024

Make room for Moomba

Bike riders planning on travelling through the city over the Labor Day Long weekend should consider alternative routes, as huge crowds are anticipated for Moomba festivities.

Docklands bike route update

Next week riders will see several small realignments to the Foostcray Road and Moonee Ponds Creek bike routes, and one big change on the horizon.

Patterson River path upgrade to start

Work will be underway early next month to upgrade the narrow section of the Dandenong Creek Trail as it passes along the Patterson Lakes Marina.

Cargo bikes can cut car use

A new generation of environmentally conscious consumers is prepared to use cargo bikes to replace car trips, and even car ownership, according to recent research.

Tassie Bike News Bites

Collins Street is set to get a tactical cycling trial, Launceston looks to cut its transport emissions, Sorell is looking to get active and Kingborough looks to make the Margate Main Street safer.

Heidelberg Road intersection upgrade

The dicey intersection with Station Street on Heidelberg Road in Fairfield is to get some significant safety improvements in a project now underway.

Federation Trail detour

The new section of the Federation Trail between Forsyth Road and the Skeleton Creek in Hoppers Crossing will be detoured for the next month.

Bike Week the social rides focus

Bike Week starts tomorrow and we’ve got several social rides around the state to help celebrate the humble treadlie and all the joy it brings to old and young alike. All social rides get listed at
Three women at an intersection in Hobart. One is walking towards the camera, one is side on astride her bike waiting to cross the road and the other is riding away from the camera wearing a backpack with two panniers on the back of the bike.

Help us get cycling on the election agenda

The Tasmanian election has been called for 23 March, so bike advocates have less than one month to get better bike infrastructure on candidate’s agendas. Bicycle Network has set up a webpage that details our main asks of candidates.We’ve added candidate contact details for each electorate and a report card on what parties promised at [...]

Rider dies in Gippsland

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a fatal collision in Glengarry, near Traralgon, on Monday.

Night closures on Footscray Road Trail

Riders who use Footscray Road in the evening or early morning will be detoured along the Dynon Road route on several occasions over the next month.

Bay trail west extension opens

Riders on the Bay Trail south of Williamstown can now use the new trail directly out to the Point Coke Coastal Park.

Exhibition Street upgrade underway

A major upgrade of Exhibition Street through the theatre precinct is underway, delivering a new permanent separated bike to replace the temporary facilities.

Riding to work linked to better mental health

While it is well established physical activity is good for our well-being, scientists are starting to uncover valuable insights into how it can bring big benefits for brain health.

Driver using phone before fatal crash

A driver was sending and receiving Snapchat messages on her phone in the period immediately before the crash that killed bike rider Anthony Reeckman last year.

Footscray Road trail opens

Footscray Road Trail Open The Footscray Road bike route will be open again from 7am, Tuesday, 13 February 2024.

Nab your spot for Super Tuesday bike counts

Registrations are now open for Bicycle Network’s Super Tuesday bike counts on 5 March, where hundreds of volunteers will take to intersections during the morning peak to collect vital data on active commuting.
A road curves around a coastline with rail lines on the left and high cliffs to the right, a group of people are riding on the far left of the road.

Tassie Bike News Bites

Burnie confirms its not working on eastern section of Coastal Pathway while other north-west councils put it on their election wishlists, Snap Send Solve awards Burnie it's Tasmanian winner for 2023 and Bike Spot wraps up with more than 600 Tasmanian report.
Boats moored on an inlet with a path in the foreground and kunayi/Mt Wellington in the background.

Sneek peak at Bike Week rides

We’ve got a few Bike Week rides in our list of social rides but hope to see more by the time 1-8 March rolls around. Keep your eyes on our general events listing for more rides being added:
Man wearing blue lycra kit rides up slope on white road bike with a misty view of Hobart in the background.

Kunanyi Challenge back for Bike Week

The Kunanyi Challenge is back to help kick off Bike Week this year, along with social rides galore across the state and the Super Tuesday commuter count.

A letter from our CEO

Happy 2024 to our loyal members and subscribers. As we embark on a new year, I wanted to share a couple of key milestones on the 2024 Bicycle Network calendar, and some news about our organisation.

Teenagers arrested over Beach Road hits

Police have arrested two teenagers – one of whom has been charged – following an investigation into two bike riders that were hit by a car on Beach Road last week.

Somerville Road bike lane closure

The on-road west-bound bike lane on Somerville Road between Whitehall Street and Hyde Street in Yarraville will be closed for several weeks during February.

M8O Trail detour in north-east

From next Monday the M80 Trail will be closed on weekdays and Saturday mornings until mid-March along a stretch through Bundoora and Greensborough.