BT will become Bicycle Network Tasmania
BT will merge with Bicycle Network, to become Bicycle Network Tasmania, following an overwhelming vote by members at last night's AGM. We had a good crowd for this important event, and the mood was positive and excited for the potential for riding in Tasmania.
Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said the move is a logical one given Bicycle Network and Bicycle Tasmania’s close friendship for many years.
“It’s a really exciting time for Bicycle Network and Bicycle Tasmania and this merger opens up so many new possibilities for us both,” Mr Richards said. He said the newly formed Bicycle Network Tasmania would provide a great platform to improve conditions for riders in Tasmania and the rest of Australia.
“Tasmania has the potential to become a world leader for bike riding and bike riders and to make this happen we need to work closely with all Tasmanians - their local knowledge is a vital part of any future plans,” Mr Richards said.
Bicycle Tasmania President Di Elliffe added that the strength of Bicycle Network would provide a significant boost to local political advocacy for bike riders. “Securing an ongoing advocacy position in Launceston will turbocharge our efforts to promote safe space for cycling all over the State,” Ms Elliffe said.
Under the merger agreement, Bicycle Tasmania’s board will become a State Committee and will continue to work on services for local riders. A board member from Tasmania will be co-opted to the Bicycle Network board.
Ms Elliffe said the new Hobart office (and team members) being set up for Bicycle Network Tasmania would remove some of the administrative burden from the volunteer State Committee.
“This additional support will free up the State Committee's capacity to deliver local advocacy, rides and services, and to strength our focus on the north and northwest,” she said.
The merger will see an increased presence across Tasmania with newly appointed Bicycle Network Tasmania campaigner Garry Bailey based in Launceston. Mr Bailey has a background as a media strategist, is the former Editor of The Mercury and a former host on ABC radio in Launceston.
Here's some more photos!
Cycling South's Cadence Award was presented by Mary McParland to Corey Peterson, UTAS Sustainable Transport Manager for his work in establishing the excellent bike hub at UTAS Hobart campus. Di Elliffe received it on his behalf!
BT's Clips Award was presented by Jeff Dunn to Robin Thompson of Scottsdale Rotary Club for their wonderful efforts in facilitating the North East Rail Trail. Malcolm Cowan accepted the award on their behalf.
Part of the happy crowd enjoying the excellent nibbles and drinks.