Bicycle Tasmania's Achievements in 2013

Bicycle Tasmania has transformed from an organisation struggling with the administrative pressures on volunteers and a wavering sense of direction to a responsive and evolving advocacy body with a fast growing membership responsible for a list of important achievements including: 

Organisation and Partnerships 

Bicycle Tasmania successfully completed a process to revitalise the organisation which  included the following:

  • Partnered with the Bicycle Network to offer Bicycle Tasmania members improved services and employ Tasmania’s first Bicycle Facilities Development Manager.
  • Worked closely with Tasmanian Bicycle Council members including Cycling
    South, Safer Roads for Cyclists (North West), Bicycle Tasmania North West and the Tamar Bicycle Users Group.
  • Commenced a strategic planning process 

Representation

Bicycle Tasmania has represented members on a range of local, state and federal forums and groups including,

  • The Tasmanian Bicycle Council (TBC)

  • The Bicycle Coalition

  • The National Bicycling Community Initiative

  • Local Government Bicycle Committees

  • Bicycle User Groups

  • The Road Safety Advisory Council who present recommendations to government on road safety policy, community, school-based and public education programs and expenditure of the road safety levy. 

Events

Bicycle Tasmania participated in the organisation or attended a number of successful events involving the community and bicycle riding in which we:

  • Along with Cycling South, organise ‘Ride to Work Day’ and State Bike Week

  • Organised a calendar of rides, including Big Channel Ride, Tour de Femme and Century Ride

  • Organised Valet Bike Parking at large events, including MONA concerts, Taste of Tasmania, Sustainable Living Expo

  • Organised the Sandy Bay Road Family Ride

Communication 

Effective communication is key to achieving the aims of Bicycle Tasmania. In 2013 we:

  • Featured in multiple newspaper articles and television news stories relating to bike riding

Facilities Development

A key initiative of Bicycle Tasmania in 2013 has been to update the statewide audit of bicycle facilities and activities in Tasmania and and show leadership in the promotion and advocacy of improved facilities. We have done this by:

  • Preparing a Budget Submission of key initatives to enable the achievement of the Tasmanian Walking and Cycling Strategy
  • Surveyed candidate support for bicycle facilities in federal elections
  • Surveying all Tasmanian members of Federal Parliament about their support for bike riding and bicycle facility development
  • Working closely with DIER in contributing feedback to a priority list of routes into Hobart and Launceston for infrastructure funding
  • Organising a Petition in Support of Sandy Bay Rd Cycle-way with over 2,000 signatures
  • Assisting with the development and submission of a business case to the Royal Hobart Hospital Executive for secure bike parking in response to staff concerns and thefts

Coming in 2014... 

  • Campaigning and information on candidates in state and local government elections
  • Encouraging politician and officer attendance at the international bike conference, in the southern hemisphere for the first time, called Velo City (Adelaide 27-30 May)
  • Working with TasRail to make the most of non-operational lines, such as Lutana Spur line in Hobart
  • More family friendly rides, offered in collaboration with Royal Hospital Research Foundation

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