Lutana and Goodwood do not have safe bicycle access to Glenorchy.
Riding a bicycle to Glenorchy and Moonah, where most of the shops, schools and services are involves having to cross the Brooker Highway.
There is no safe, separated riding and walking access between the popular commuter route of the Intercity Cycleway and the suburbs of Lutana and Goodwood.
Lutana and Goodwood have limited shopping, services and schools available and need to get to Glenorchy and Moonah.
To ride a bicycle involves having to cross the Brooker Highway and riding on roads without any bicycle infrastructure.
A disused railway spur provides the perfect, separated connection between Lutana and Glenorchy.
A disused spur of the old railway line (approximately 2km long) connects the Intercity Cycleway, east–west, to Moonah Primary School; the residential areas of Lutana, Goodwood, Derwent Park and East Moonah; the Prince of Wales Bay soccer grounds; and the Lutana industrial area (Nyrstar zinc smelter and other heavy industry).
It could provide a safe, separated cycling and walking link over the Brooker Highway for residents, workers and students.
The bridge over the Brooker Highway is a good example of well-preserved railway heritage and would be an attractive destination for tourists as well as locals.
A connecting path around the shoreline at the soccer grounds could energise this park as a picnic and recreation area.
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A local group of residents, the Lutana Link Group, has been lobbying all levels of government to protect the reserved status of the land and to promote a shared path. The initiative was profiled in The Mercury 12 August 2014. There have been public meetings and a video fly through was produced by Bicycle Network Tasmania.
The land is owned by TasRail. For TasRail to hand over the line, it needs a group with a business plan to seek the responsibility. The Glenorchy Council has shown interest in the past and has done some designs and costings.
A scoping study may be required before a business case can be developed for the pathway. This would investigate the merits of the proposal and aspects such as stewardship, rehabilitation, conservation of the historic bridge over the Brooker Highway, ongoing maintenance of the pathway, and estimated costs.
Here’s a few easy ways you can help build a new cycling path betwee Lutana and Glenorchy.
Write to the Mayor
Contact the Glenorchy Mayor, Kristie Johnston, to let her know the path is important to you.
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