Tassie Bike News Bites
Don River Bridge in place

Work on the pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Don River has rocketed along, with the main bridge structure already on site.

Local company Bridge Pro Engineering, which constructed the two recent shared path bridges in Launceston and is undertaking the suspension bridge on the Wild Mersey trails, is building the bridge which will be the start of the next section of the Coastal Pathway.

Once the bridge is finished, work will begin on a new 6.5 km path that will follow Don Heads and Waverley roads to the southern side of the Bass Highway and on to the underpass at Leith that will then connect in to the Central Coast Council's paths.

Sandy Bay plans include active transport corridors

Good news from the University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus planning process is that they are now proposing 3 metre wide kerb-separated active transport corridors on the internal streets.

Importantly, these will connect to outside streets putting the onus back on the @cityofhobart to create better connections to the site.

Thanks to everyone who called for safer cycling routes through the site - you were listened to!

Burnie pump track delayed by rain

Burnie won’t be getting a pump track for Christmas, with winter and spring rain delaying the project’s opening until the end of January.

Project builder Ridemore is aiming to finish the mountain bike trails and some of the dirt jumps before the end of December and are encouraging people to ride them as soon as they are opened.

Have your say on new Algona Rd overpass

The government is asking for comments on a new 3.5 km stretch of the Kingston bypass from Algona Road to Groningen Road that will include the difficult to cross roundabout on Channel Highway.

You have until 21 December to make your comments on the interactive map:

We are asking for a grade separated crossing at Algona Road as the number of people walking and riding through that intersection will increase with the completion of the bus Park and Ride and construction of the new residential subdivision in Huntingfield.

Camping fees for Derby

Dorset Council has voted to introduce fees for camping at Derby Park, but they won’t be enforced.

A ticket machine for $20 per night camping permits will be installed at the campground in the coming months and signage will make it clear that camping fees will be reinvested in the trails.

Camping is currently free but stays are limited to 7 days or less.

More ferry sailings in Hobart over summer

More ferry services between Bellerive and Hobart are coming on Saturdays this summer, joining the extra weekday sailings announced last week.

The City of Hobart will underwrite the Saturday sailings which begin on 18 December, with the City of Clarence deciding whether they’ll help out with funding at its meeting on 13 December.

The state government has also announced it will subsidise extra weekday sailings over summer, with 7 new sailings a day, 3 from Bellerive and 4 from Hobart.

Taking your bicycle on board is free and there are also ample bike parking hoops at the Bellerive terminal.