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Tasrail finally fixes Bridgewater rails

It’s taken many years of complaints, but TasRail has finally asphalted up to the rails leading on to the Bridgewater Bridge at Granton.

The rails have posed a hazard to people riding over them because of the angle and slipperiness of the metal surface.

The Department of State Growth has put multiple signs up to warn people of the risk but crashes have still happened.

Access for people riding over the new Bridgewater Bridge will avoid the area of road where the rails are but the completion of the bridge is not scheduled until the end of 2024 so the asphalt fix will still help riders for the next couple of years.

Thanks to Andrew for sending through images of the fix.

Tour de France Femmes features Tassie riders

The eight-stage Tour de France Femmes started on Sunday 24 July and 2 of the 8 Australian riders are Tasmanian!

Australian road race champion Nicole Frain is riding for the Dutch Parkhotel Valkenburg team and accomplished Devonport rider Anya Louw is riding for another Dutch team AG Insurance – NXTG.

The race finishes on Sunday 31 July and you can watch it on SBS. We’ve got a handy tip sheet for you on our website.

Kids ask for bike fun and get it

As part of the state’s child and youth strategy kids were asked what they wanted and not surprisingly bike related wishes were high on the list.

The government has announced the successful recipients of the first round of $1.5 million of the Premier’s Fund to deliver the Tasmanian Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the bike projects include:

  • Scottsdale Bike Park – $50,000
  • Bike shed and bikes at Latrobe High School – $50,000
  • Bikes and bike and pump track at Margate Primary School – $39,606
  • Bike track at Parklands High School – $49,486
  • Bikes and training at Port Dalrymple School – $25,000
  • Mountain bike workshops at Snug Primary School – $7480
  • Pump track at South Arm Primary School – $49,555. 

There will be a smaller $500,000 second round of funding in the 2023–2024.

Bike Vault tips on buying second-hand bikes

Our friends at Bike Vault have posted some handy tips for ensuring that second-hand bike you've got your eye on isn't hot!

Stolen bikes are unfortunately often sold on through online buying and selling services and this checklist helps you avoid buying one.
If you are in the terrible situation of having your bike nicked, Bike Vault is a great service to help you try to find it.

Derby takes on housing to pay for trails

Dorset Council has set up an online booking service for housing in Derby, with a commission from each house hire going back into maintenance of the mountain bike trails. 

The move is an effort to provide a sustainable funding source for the trails, with local businesses already paying a fee that goes back into the trails. 

Bookings can be made through the Blue Derby website, with 14 accommodation providers already listed one month after the launch of the service.