Molle Street crossing gets funding
After years of campaigning for a safer crossing across Molle Street for people walking and riding, our calls have been answered with the announcement that the council will receive federal Black Spot funding to fix it.
The City of Hobart has plans to put in traffic signals to govern pedestrian and bike crossings and right turning vehicles into and out of Collins Street.
It will receive $300,000 from the Australian Government program and contribute $150,000 of its own funds.
No designs have been publicly released yet but now the funding has been announced it’s expected that the project will soon get underway.
More than 145 bike riders were counted at the intersection in the Super Tuesday two-hour count this year, with many more people crossing on foot.
The signalised crossing is an important first step in recognising the importance of Collins Street as a transport corridor for people walking and riding.
St Helens linking path underway
A new shared path from St Helens to the Lions Park and start of the Townlink Track to the mountain bike trailhead is underway, with a local boat builder lending its expertise to the project.
Lyndcraft is building a bridge for the path with Bridge Pro Engineering using a “whalebone” design, which they hope will give the path a point of difference.
The path will hug the edge of Georges Bay and be made of gravel, with elevated sections and the bridge.
Break O Day Council is working on the path now, with a finish date scheduled for the end of November.
Maydena scores MTB champs
Maydena Bike Park has announced it will host the national Mountain Bike Australia championshipas as part of a 10-day festival that will also include a gravity enduro event on 16–17 January.
The championships will run 15–24 January 2021 and include cross country, downhill, pump track and trial events and the park will be building a new downhill race course.
A 3-day Kids Adventure Camp will also be held from 8 January, focused on riders aged 6–12 years, with riding and other activities.
Big Bike Film night on its way to Launnie
More funding for Intercity to Mac Pt cycleway
Hobart Council will consider using $685,000 in federal government grant money to build a path connecting the Intercity Cycleway and Macquarie Point path and upgrading the car park and stormwater at the Regatta Grounds.
The path would run along the top of the railway embankment in front of the car park, then drop down to meet the existing Macquarie Point path.
The council has already received $80,000 in federal funding for the cycling path but decided to wrap that into the bigger project of upgrading the car park and stormwater.
The entire project is expected to cost $1.2 million and the council would pay for the balance with its own funds.