There is no safe and easy connection between the bike lanes on Sandy Bay Road and the Hobart waterfront.
- The Hobart City Council has spent the past seven years creating high-grade bike lanes on Sandy Bay Road. However, lanes end at Marieville Esplanade leaving commuters to battle traffic or take the hillier, winding, quieter route through Battery Point.
- The plan to connect Sandy Bay Road bike lanes to the Hobart waterfront, around the Battery Point Foreshore has proven difficult with local residents scuttling plans by the City of Hobart back in 2015.
- This means that currently there are no easy routes for the increasing number of students who travel between the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus and the new developments in the CBD.
This demand for a safe place to ride is only set to increase with the completion of two more major CBD developments by the university over the next five years.
Above: Sandy Bay Road bike lanes
Check out the full progress of the project on Cycling South’s website.
A shared pathway around the shoreline from the Hobart waterfront to Marieville Esplanade.
As a shared pathway along the foreshore would be an iconic feature of Hobart, attracting visitors and locals to the area.
It would also provide a direct link to the Hobart waterfront for walkers and bike riders, bypassing the hillier suburban streets.
While The Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal rejected the Hobart City Council’s plan for the walkway in 2015, the local council has plans to revive the project. But we should all be prepared for another public battle.
There’s strident opposition from residents of the exclusive and historic Hobart waterfront suburb of Battery Point, particularly from those living in Clarke Avenue and Napoleon Street as the path would run past their back yards.
- 27 February, 2018 — Hobart City Council committee has agreed to remove construction funding for the Battery Point pathway from its 10 year capital works budget. Read more >
- 30 October, 2017 —Hobart City Council has announced plans to set aside $6.8 million from the council’s capital works program for the Battery Point Walkway project. The funding is a great sign of the councils commitment to see the project completed. It’s also more than double the $3 million previously set aside for the project. Read more >
We’ll continue to work behind the scenes with local stakeholders and decision-makers to keep progress on track.
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