Northern bike thefts prompt vigilance
There have a been a spate of thefts of high-end bicycles in and around Launceston recently, prompting Tasmania Police to remind bike owners to keep bikes locked.
The police put out a statement at the end of January calling on people to let them know if they knew anything about the thefts or people suddenly appearing with new bikes on 131 444 or anonymously on 1800 333 000.
You can register your bicycle/s on www.bikevault.com.au, by doing so you have more information to help track down your bike if it gets stolen and stop it being sold.
The locks test we undertook a few years ago is still relevant – all locks can be broken, but the best lock is one that slows down thieves as much as possible and hopefully deters them from trying to take your bike.
Double the fun
Double-decker bikes aren’t something you see everyday around Tassie, but this one was spied recently in Hobart. What we want to know is how do you stop and get on and off without a ladder?!
New Dial Range plan in the making
More consultation is underway about mountain biking in reserves, this time in the north-west in the Dial Range.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and the Central Coast Council are developing a new recreation plan for the range, updating the current 2000 plan. A public forum will be held on 20 February, 5.30-7pm at the Dial Park Sports Complex in Penguin to talk about the recreational values of the range.
If you can't make the forum you can send in a written submission to DialRange@parks.tas.gov.au
North East Rail Trail inches closer
Dorset Council has taken control of the rail corridor between Scottsdale and Lilydale Falls, helping them move closer to an extension of the North East Recreation Trail.
Mayor Greg Howard told The Examiner newspaper that once they got custody of the land the council would work on lodging a development application and call for tenders to build the trail.
A local landowner opposed to the shared trail was quoted in the newspaper but Mr Howard said there was no good reason for the trail not to go ahead and the government has made its decision.
Burnie looks at MTB opportunities
Burnie's the lastest Tassie town to want to get its slice of mountain bike action, with a proposal put to the Burnie City Council for tracks on Round Hill and Fern Glade.
Adam Hartley, the owner of West Beach Cycles Burnie, and track designers have come up with initial ideas for the council-owned land, as well as a pump and skills track on View Road Reserve.
Mr Hartley believes creating MTB tracks will add to the local offerings available to cruise ship passengers and other tourists.