SEPARATED CYCLEWAYS

Together we can build more separated cycleways so people aged 8-80 feel comfortable riding for transport

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The problem

Tasmanian cities and towns do not have networks of separated cycleways.

Too much of our bicycle infrastructure is lines painted on the road when we need paths separated from vehicle traffic.  

Separated cycleways connected to schools, workplaces, tourism attractions, shops and other areas of interest have been shown to contribute to big increases in rider numbers. 

Cities that are building separated cycleways include Sydney, Vancouver, Melbourne, Portland, Washington, London and Seville.

This is because the majority of the population are interested in riding but are concerned about safety.

Well-designed cycleways that separate riders from vehicle traffic and provide clear intersection treatments encourage people to ride who wouldn’t if there were just painted lanes.

When more people ride, it becomes safer for all riders.

Research has shown that when bicycle riding becomes more common drivers are more likely to look for bicycles and the number of crashes declines.

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SEPARATED CYCLEWAYS

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On track for separate bike paths in Hobart

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The solution

Local and state government commitments to separated cycleways will get more people riding which is good for health and transport congestion.

Tasmania’s cities should develop bicycle plans with networks of separated cycleways at their core.

To help pay for the networks, the state government should establish a standing bicycle infrastructure fund for state and local roads that prioritises separated cycleways.

Some two-thirds of Tasmanian adults and children don’t get the recommended exercise they need to prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. 

Building bicycle infrastructure that people of all ages and abilities can use for their daily transport will help the state government to meet its goal of Tasmania being the healthiest state by 2025.

Separated cycleways will get more people riding and has the potential to reduce traffic congestion and provide Tasmanians with a cheap, clean form of transport.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Bicycle Network has called on the City of Hobart to commit to separated cycleways as part of its 2018 Transport Strategy.
  • In July 2018 Bicycle Network held a forum for local and state government about introducing separated cycleways in Tasmania.

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Collective action makes a difference. Join the campaign – together we can convince governments to build comfortable cycleways that more Tasmanians will want to use. 

Here’s a few easy ways you can help get separated cycleways built across Tasmania.

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Contact the Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure to let him know separated cycleways are important to you.

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