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Bike packing 101 Hobart session

If you enjoy the thought of touring on your bicycle for a weekend or longer but don’t know what gear you need or other tips and hints, come along to the free introduction to bike touring session on Sunday 8 May.

The session organised by ride leader Andreas will look at the best types of bikes for touring, essential gear, touring by folding bike and e-bike, camping and what features to look for in accommodation providers.

Meet at 10 am at the South Hobart Playground on the grassy area between the playground and the South Hobart Community Centre and bring the bike you’d like to tour on if you have one. If you are up earlier, you’re welcome to meet for a coffee at Machine Laundry café from 8.30 am.

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TBUG lessons for people wanting to escape petrol costs

High petrol prices have prompted a few people to consider riding for transport and Tamar Bicycle Users Group (TBUG) are responding with beginner lessons on Sunday 24 April.

If you want to brush up on your skills head to the Elizabeth Street car park between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, cost is $10 but people aged 10-18 are free.

Register by email or contact trainer Di McHenry on 0418 501145,

Devonport wants your open space comments

Devonport Council is reviewing its Open Space Strategy and wants to know which places you visit most, how you get there and improvements you’d like to see.

Fill out the online survey before 6 May at and let them know where you’d like more bike parking, bike tools and water.

Kingborough Council releases next year’s works plan

Kingborough Council is looking for your comments on its draft budget and capital works plan for 2022–23.

Projects of interest to bike riders planned for next year include:

  • Roslyn Avenue bike lane and footpath design ($30,000)
  • Taroona bike lanes upgrade design ($30,000)
  • New track to connect the Twin Ovals to Spring Farm ($143,000)
  • New track to connect Spring Farm to the Whitewater Creek Track ($269,000)
  • Kingston MTB Park asphalt pump track ($66,000)
  • Kingston MTB Park car park ($65,000)

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New trails open at Wild Mersey

Five new mountain bike trails opened at the Wild Mersey network from the Sheffield trailhead over Easter: three new descending routes and two climbers.

The new trails are:

  • Seven Shreds – 2.2 km, blue rated
  • Sweet Caroline – 4.3 km, blue rated
  • Funky Chicken – 1.5 km, blue rated
  • Harden Up – 1.7 km, blue rated
  • Syked Out – 4 km, black diamond

The advance publicity originally said the Over Quollified double black diamond track would open but this has been postponed because of a delay on materials being delivered.  

You can view all the trails on