A woman riding her bike across the Tasman Bridge in Hobart his morning has been seriously injured in a crash and is now in hospital.
Tasmania Police released this information after the crash:
Serious bicycle crash on Tasman Bridge bike path
A 46 year old female cyclist has been seriously injured in a bicycle crash on the Tasman Bridge bike path this morning.
Police and emergency services remain on the scene on the Tasman Bridge near Montagu Bay end. The woman has been taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a serious condition suffering head injuries.
Inspector Brett Berry said that the crash did not involve another vehicle or person.
“Early investigations suggest that the woman was riding her bicycle on the northern side of the Tasman Bridge east bound about 9.50am when she appeared to hit part of the bridge and fell from her bike onto the track,” he said.
“The woman was wearing a helmet at the time. At this stage it appears to be an unfortunate accident and is not suspicious.
“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing. Anyone with information or dash cam should contact Bellerive Police on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au.”
Bicycle Network's thoughts are with the woman and her family as none of us expects to end up in hospital when we are just trying to get from A to B.
The narrow, exposed paths on the Tasman Bridge have long posed a risk for people walking and riding.
Last month the federal and state governments promised $130 million in funding to strengthen the bridge and add safer, wider shared paths on either side.
Bicycle Network believes this should be a priority project for the government so we get safer paths sooner rather than later.