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Glenorchy may link sporting sites with shared path loop

Glenorchy City Council has released a masterplan and transport strategy covering its sporting sites which seeks to improve shared paths and build shared bridges to better connect the different precincts. 

The documents are open for public comment until 22 January and include suggestions for pedestrian/cycling bridges over the Brooker Highway at the Hobart Showground and Goodwood Road and My State Bank Arena. Overpasses are also recommended over Elwick Rd for Intercity Cycleway users and over the cycleway at KGV Oval.

Other improvements include:

  • upgrading and improving connection of the Barossa Creek path with a formalised crossing over Grove Road
  • creating a “Glenorchy Loop” shared path that connects the Intercity Cycleway and riverfront paths
  • new shared paths through the Showground and around KGV Oval to the pool
  • better crossings over the Intercity Cycleway to access sites.

You can view the masterplan and transport strategy at

DerbyFest hits the trails in April

The delayed Derby Fest celebration of mountain biking has been scheduled for 23–24 April next year, and will be run over three years.

The festival was originally planned for 2020 but COVID-19 restrictions stopped it happening. It will include bicycle skills sessions, stunt and trick shows, competitions, bike shop and manufacturer stalls, food and drink and even some yoga!

A weekend pass is $45 for adults and $20 for children, or daily passes for $25 and $10, and camping sites can be booked for $40 for Friday and Saturday nights or $60 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Tasmanian Bike collective speads its wings

The Tasmanian Bike Collective is expanding again with a new site in Clarence Plains, it’s holding a bike sale in Huonville and is selling schmick looking jerseys and gloves at Roll Cycles (Hobart), Cyclingo (Mornington) and Ride Bellerive.

The Huonville sale is between 9 am and 12 noon on Saturday 18 December at the Huonville PCYC on Wilmot Road, with adult bikes available from $70 and children’s bikes from $50.

The Bike Collective helps young people learn bike mechanic skills to help them prepare for work and provide healthy recreational options.

Menzies Institute wants your cycling stories!

Do you have a memorable story of why you bus, cycle, or walk around Tasmania?

Well, get ready to tell it, because the Menzies Institute for Medical Research is running an Active Transport Storytelling Competition with prizes including an author workshop, Jack Jumper game tickets, a Metro pass and Roll Cycles voucher.

Use this link to record a 5-minute, non-fiction story in any language about why you use active transport for your chance before 31 January 2022 to win:

Macquarie Point cuts back blind corner

As part of the project to build a flight of stairs off the shared path up to the Cenotaph, Macquarie Point Corporation has cut back the embankment on the blind corner to improve sight lines.

People should still slow down as they ride downhill into the corner, but sight lines are now better than they were.

We are still working with the council and corporation to build a raised or platform crossing over the access road for shared path users. 

Franklin bike day BBQ
Encourage your nearest and dearest to commit to the new year early and by getting back on their bike next year.
Bicycle Network is joining Huon Valley Council and Sisters On A Roll to host Back on your Bike on Sunday 16 January, 10am-2pm, in Franklin.
Come and try e-bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and join in on skill building games plus bring along your own bike to get a free bike health check!
Make your own pedal powered smoothie and enjoy a free BBQ on us.
New carbon-fibre inspection course targets mechanics

Local rider Michael Briggs has established a course and software for bike mechanics to help them inspect carbon fibre bicycles for hidden damage.

Cycle Inspect is the company that’s been formed to deliver the training and is currently open to retailers and mechanics:

Michael’s story is profiled in the current edition of the Hobart magazine on page 38:

Tasmanian office closure

Our Hobart office will be closed over the Christmas period from Tuesday 21 December and will re-open on Tuesday 4 January.

A big thank you to all our members and supporters who've helped raise the profile of bicycle riding over the past year.