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Candidate Responses to Bicycle Tasmania’s 2011 Local Government Election
Bicycle Tasmania is pleased to announce the responses to the 2011 Tasmanian Local Government Bicycle Facilities Election Survey. Bicycle
Tasmania will publish a summary of responses by Wednesday 12th October, 2011. Find out how candidates answered in your electorate: More>>
UTAS Bicycle Parking
UTAS and LARC have developed a concept design for their Bicycle Hubs project, would this design suit you? The Launceston Assistance & research centre have produced an impressive first stage concept design set for their Bicycle Hubs project. The design in skeleton form provides 6 unsecure undercover parking options in the space of one carpark, while in its advanced form provides 8 lockable bike units. Case studies at Melbourne Train Stations have found that individual lockable units are infrequently used and provide a management nightmare due to the freedom for anyone to pop a lock on them. However, this design differs in that it can offer a flexible number of secure and unsecure bike spaces depending on the security of the location. The hanging wall mount would be the popular Bicycle Network Victoria Ned Kelly design.
What do you think? Would you use this?
New hoops catch the light at Princess Wharf Shed No.1
There is now at least 18 additional formal bicycle parking spaces on the waterfront thanks to the new Princess Wharf Shed No.1 Development. Bicycle Tasmania will be working with architect and treasury to ensure further hoops are installed behind the new seating to allow capacity of up to 100 bicycles.
Devonport City Council rolls out first bike lanes
Devonport city council has put paint to the road with its first bike lanes through Ambleside on River Road. Following the release of the Devonport City Cycling Strategy by the Devonport City Council in 2010. The popular recreational route along River Road towards Latrobe has received some fresh bike lanes. Of particular interest is the stencils which include a rider on a bike instead of just a bike. This is a positive step in highlighting the ‘people on bikes’ mentality often ignored by signage.
TMAG Hobart new racks
A carpark has been replaced with parking rails for four bikes on Argyle St outside the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Replacing on street car parking with bike parking is becoming a popular option for busy parts of Melbourne. See this following link for more details.
Burnie Boardwalk Stage 2
Work on the missing link between Burnies Northern and Southern Sections of the Coastal Pathway is underway and is expected to be completed by this Summer. Users of the shared pathway are currently faced with a very narrow paved path between the southern end of the surf club and the beginning of the boardwalk. The route between northern and southern parts of the pathway are very popular with a steady flow of riders, joggers and walkers at most times of the day.
Draft Hobart Rivulet Park Strategic Masterplan: Please comment.
The Hobart City Council Draft Hobart Rivulet Park Strategic Master Plan is available for public comment during July. The Plan will guide decisions concerning the management and development of parkland and open space along the Hobart Rivulet extending from the River Derwent through to Wellington Park with the key focus extending from Molle Street. This route is used by hundreds of bicycle users each day and the design intends to provide a great walking and riding environment so we hope Bicycle Tasmania members can submit their ideas to the process.
For further information please go to the Hobart City Council webpage.
Brighton Bypass yields beginning of Bridgewater to Pontville Pathway
Work is now part completed on the Brighton Bypass and thanks to involvement from Cycling South and other planning contributions the Bypass includes a high quality 2.5m Cycleway along much of its length. Bicycle Tasmania has met with Brighton Council Officers and Cycling South to discuss the missing sections of the route.
For more see the Cycling South webpage.
Humphreys Rivulet would link Tolosa Park to the Intercity Cycleway
Bicycle Tasmania met with Cycling South and Glenorchy City Council to raise Humphreys Rivulet as an excellent link between the Intercity Cycleway and Wellington Park. The photos above shows the route identified on google earth.
Survey for riders to Sandy Bay UTAS campus
If you travel to/from/within the Sandy Bay campus by bike please complete this survey.
Bike projects create more jobs than road projects
A recent study by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at University of Massachusetts … finds that bike-specific projects create on average 68% more jobs than road-only projects. In terms of numbers, for every $1 million spent bike-specific projects create 11.4 jobs versus 7.8 jobs for road-specific projects. Road projects that integrated major pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure also resulted in an average 48% more job creation than projects that focused exclusively on roads for motor vehicles. For more see the study details completed.
Portable Bicycles for Urban Transport
A nice video clip featuring TERN folding bicycles. They claim to be dedicated to the design and manufacture of portable bicycles for urban transport. Just the thing for those who like their bikes in small packages.
Humphreys Rivulet Cycleway Link
Bicycle Tasmania is currently investigating a link between the Intercity Cycleway, Northgate and suburbs to the west along a Humphrey’s Rivulet, a great natural corridor linking this key shopping destination with thousands of residents living between the Intercity Cycle Way and Tolosa Reserve. Would any members who live in this area and would be interested in seeing such a link developed and being involved please send an email to: email@example.com
Launceston needs support for Mulgrave St Bike Lanes
Rodger from Tamar Bicycle User Group would like help supporting Launceston City Council’s continued rollout of the urban bicycle network.
We need to send letters/emails to Launceston City Council about the remaining bike network lanes, in particular Mulgrave Street:
• Mulgrave is critical because it acts as a link to Charles Street bike lanes (Mowbray hill acts as a link to other lanes too but we'll put that to one side)
• Bike lanes on Mulgrave will fit well into the streetscape and won't affect parking
• Bike lanes will make cycling safer in Mulgrave street by helping to calm the vehicle traffic flow
• Bike lanes will make cycling safer in Mulgrave street by clearly delineating the traffic lanes
• Lanes may also help pedestrian crossing of street
• Cost effective solution for improving the safety people riding bikes
You can see more about the plans at Your Voice. Your Launceston, but this council forum is closed to comment now.
PLEASE send an email to council ASAP (it can be a short one). Address it “Dear Mayor and Aldermen” at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the Bicycle Tasmania blog.
New Bike Racks in Princess Wharf Shed Re-Development
Bike Riders are being catered for in the developments a Princess Wharf Shed No. 1 in Hobart. Bicycle Tasmania and Cycling South have attended and gave input into the consultations held over the last couple of years and it is pleasing to see some results.
Northern half of North South Track Completed
Mountain Bikers can now ride from Wellington Park through to the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park thanks to the track teams working on some fine new single track on the slopes of Mt Wellington. For more information, click here.
MONA continues to encourage riding
The logistics of getting to MONA from Hobart’s waterfront can be solved by renting a bike to ride up and then catching the ferry back. This is a great new opportunity to get visiting friends or family on a bike with a ride up the intercity cycleway and then an easy ride back on the ferry.
The bikes can also be hired for $15 for 4hrs. other options include:
Sydney Cycle Ways
Some time has now passed since the shock jock induced furore over the Sydney Cycle Way developments and it appears that the predicted chaos has not eventuated. In fact, rumours abound that house prices are rising. The separated cycle way on Bourke St and College St look brilliant and hopefully the success of these lanes will allow decision makers in Tasmania to open their eyes to the opportunities/profits gained by the development of such facilities on key arterial routes into the city like Sandy Bay Rd.
A disused railway line may well provide a key cycle link from the intercity cycleway between Lutana, Goodwood and Prince of Wales bay with Derwent Park and areas West of the cycleway. Cycling South, Bicycle Tasmania, Hobart City Council and the Department of Infrastructure are investigating the possibilities of extending the bike track at a number of locations. As a key route into the city it is important that we capitalise on possible connections to the bike tack and we’d love to hear from members with any ideas they have! Read more here.
Universal bike lanes: the only way to mass cycling?
A new study says what again whats been said before: the vast majority of Britons wont cycle on urban roads as they are now. So what’s the answer?
Argyle St Secure Bicycle Parking
The Hobart City Council has recently constructed a new secure bicycle parking facility within the Argyle Street Car Park to complement bicycle parking facilities in the CBD.
This new secure bicycle parking facility is intended primarily for CBD workers and other regular commuters with a CBD destination who do not currently have all day parking facilities at their Hobart CBD destination. The facility is modelled on similar bicycle parking cages operating in Hobart and in other Australian States.
The facility will be accessed with an electronic swipe card and be under CCTV surveillance. The facility will be accessible during the normal operating hours of the Argyle Street Car Park. Lockers will be provided within the facility and public toilets are located almost immediately adjacent to the facility access.
This secure bicycle facility will be a membership based, fee for service facility.
The fee for a 1 year (52 week) membership of the facility will be $50. A refundable deposit ($50) for the electronic swipe card will also be required. Facility Membership enquires should be directed to HCC Customer Services Centre on 6238 2781 or 6238 2780.
For more information click here.
Business Plan for North East Rail Trail
The North Eastern Advertiser reports that consultants have commenced working on a business plan for conversion of the Tonganah to Legerwood railway line reserve to a rail trail. The Hobart based consultants who have ridden the route are impressed by the opportunity it offers to bikers, walkers and horse riders. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is promoting the trail and will be investing funds and resources to assist with its completion. The report is due by the end of June 2011. Read more information here.
Waterworks road speed humps blocked
The Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources has blocked plans for Hobart City Council to install speed humps on Waterworks road. Speed reduction through such traffic calming measures would have increased the comfort of other rd users such as bike riders and pedestrians. Most road projects need to be signed off by the department and it is disappointing that it has failed to support a move to improve the road for other users. Read more here.