There is a gap in the network between Rocherlea and Inveresk
There is a separated path running from Rocherlea south to the city but it stops when it gets to the Mowbray Racecourse and then starts on the other side, creating a gap that needs to be joined up.
Launceston riders enjoy a safe separated bike path along the top of the flood levee along the North Esk River, from Inveresk northwards to the racecourse at Mowbray.
However, the trail then stops and there is no safe offroad connection to the other side of the racecourse where another trail starts up to take riders almost to Rocherlea. The gap in the trail means that people from the north eastern suburbs can’t enjoy a safe offroad path all the way into the city.
This gap in the trail is also a significant barrier to the development of the North East Recreational Trail which could run through to Scottsdale.
Building a path around the Mowbray Racecourse would close the gap.
Closing the gap in the Rocherlea–Inveresk Trail at the Mowbray Racecourse will provide a complete trail which would be a major incentive for riding and walking in the north eastern suburbs.
A better health outcome in this region has been identified as a major objective of the 2017 City Deal and in state government preventative health strategies.
The City Deal facilitates the movement of University of Tasmania activities to the Inveresk campus.
Closing the gap in the trail would provide students and staff with a protected pathway between large northern residential areas and the university.
This trail would also provide the foundation for development of the North East Recreation Trail, enabling cycle tourism from Launceston to Scottsdale.
Eliminating the racecourse gap in the Inveresk–Rocherlea trail is included in the map in the Launceston Council’s on-road and off-road trails network brochure from 2013.
Contact your local Launceston Council aldermen and tell them you support connecting the gap in the trail around the Mowbray Racecourse, to enable safe riding and connections to the northern suburbs.
Here’s a few easy ways you can help build a new cycling path around the Mowbray Racecourse.
Write to the Mayor
Contact the Launceston Mayor, Albert van Zetten, to let him know the path is important to you.
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