If you ride in the Hobart council area, or know someone who wants to ride but is too worried about traffic, then have your say on the city’s draft Transport Strategy.
The strategy is a comprehensive plan for how the city can better manage different transport needs through its area.
It will guide the Hobart council’s decisions from now until 2030, so your voice is important.
The strategy devotes one of nine themes to better supporting bicycle riding, which is welcomed, but there’s room to make it stronger.
Making a submission only takes a few minutes, just go to the Your Say Hobart webpage and fill in the current survey.
The most effective submissions are written in your own voice from your own experience, but we’ve put together a few dot points to help you out:
- I strongly support the Hobart City Council providing more resources for bicycle infrastructure and programs to make it easier to ride in Hobart, for more people.
- The new bicycle plan should include a map of a network of separated cycleways that can be used by people of all ages and abilities, based on the current Hobart Arterial Bike Network Map.
- The bicycle plan should include a timetable detailing when the new separated cycleways will be built.
- I support 30km/h, traffic-calmed local roads being used to supplement the core network of separated cycleways.
- It should be easier for children to ride to school, with separated cycleways and low-speed local road routes and secure bicycle parking at school.
- More bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities such as showers and lockers are needed in Hobart, particularly undercover parking with electric charging points, and in public and private buildings for workers and visitors.
- I support removing on-street car parking on one side of selected streets to ensure good quality, separated cycleways can be built.
- The City of Hobart should lead by example and provide bicycle training and e-bike fleet to its staff, and help other Hobart businesses to do the same.
- A dedicated staff and budget within council to oversee the design and construction of new cycleways and provide educational and advisory programs to get more people riding is needed.
Bicycle Network’s submission explains the background to the dot points.