Tassie bicycle news

Midtown consultation gets underway

The City of Hobart is ramping up public consultation on its Elizabeth St “Midtown” revitalisation project, with a community workshop and call for Project Action Team members.

This is the third of its retail precinct projects, with Lenah Valley finished and New Town underway. The previous projects included short sections of painted bike lanes and some bicycle parking. 

The information workshop is being held at 6 pm on Thursday 14 March and anyone interested in becoming an action team member needs to be available in the evenings on 2, 9, and 30 April and Saturday 11 May. Action team members are responsible for designing a concept to budget to present to council for decision. 

Background information and registration is available at

Coastal pathway erosion stops works

The Advocate newspaper is reporting no resolution to the stand-off between Burnie City Council and the state government over erosion along the yet-to-be-built Cooee to Wynyard section of the North West Coastal Pathway.

Work on the path stopped three months ago following a large storm that caused erosion at Ocean Vista.

Infrastructure Minister Jeremy Rockliff said a consultant is conducting an audit of the corridor to advise on costs for remediation and the government will work with the council and TasRail to get construction re-started.

Freycinet shared path up for approval

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service has lodged a development application to build a new shared path at Freycinet National Park that will suit slower bike riders.

The 4.1km path begins just out of Coles Bay and ends at the start of the Wineglass Bay walk, but at 2 metres width it will be a tight squeeze at popular times as the standard width for a shared path is 3 metres.

Comments on the plans can be made to Glamorgan Spring Bay Council by Friday 1 March.

Meehan Range gets $10,000 grant

Good news for the Meehan Range bike network with the announcement of a $10,000 grant to fix bridges and improve junior facilities.

Also of interest is that Clarence City Council, CyclingSouth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are working on a master plan for the Range to improve the network and range of trails on offer.

Huon Rd seal to widen road

The City of Hobart has approved its latest capital works budget, which includes $475,000 to widen Huon Rd to make it safer for bike riders.

There's no more detail available, but the money is likely to be used to widen the road by slurry sealing the substantial verges above Strickland Ave, which has been a project on the books for a while.