Great news for users of the Clarence Foreshore Trail this week with the start of work to complete the link to the northern side of the Tasman Bridge.
New asphalt surfacing will be laid on the trail between Rose Bay Esplanade and where the previous SES building had a turning circle.
The fire which destroyed the SES building has allowed the council to get access to the land to complete the trail link to the bridge.
Work will also involve construction of a new concrete pathway and improved alignment of the path on the western side of Montagu Bay Primary School oval.
Rock barriers will be put in to protect the foreshore reserve near the old SES building site.
The work will take about three months before it’s finished, depending on the weather.
Completion of the link allows riders who don’t like riding on roads where they have to mix with traffic to take a mostly separated path across to the Intercity Cycleway.
This still leaves the problem of the bridge being a less than desirable route across the river for less confident riders.
In the absence of any significant works being planned for the Tasman Bridge’s pedestrian and cycling paths, Bicycle Network has suggested to the government that any ferry service between Bellerive and Hobart should cater to riders wanting an alternative.