Local Council Elections 2014
Our southern advocate, Emma Pharo, surveyed the 29 Tasmanian councils along with two of her colleagues at the University of Tasmania.
This provided a snapshot of the status of each council in terms of their thinking around the provision of bicycle infrastructure in their area and also in their region more broadly.
About this campaign
Bicycle Network Tasmania's Local Council Election Campaign 2014 aims to empower Councils across the State to develop healthy and lively municipalities.
In October 2014, all Councils across Tasmania will go to the polls, and all Councillor/Aldermanic positions will be thrown open. Local Governments play a pivotal role in developing safer roads for cyclists and in encouraging Tasmanians to commute by bicycle. Given the plethora of economic, social and health benefits associated with bike riding, we are here to support Councils to implement effective change within their communities.
The upcoming election presents a fantastic opportunity to encourage and renew the call for candidates to prioritise active transport infrastructure, and to ensure that building healthy and lively communities is at the forefront of Council planning.
At the fore of our Council Election Campaign are The Icons; key active transport infrastructure projects that are deemed to be of outstanding importance and offer the opportunity to significantly support and encourage the uptake of bicycling.
North West Coastal Pathway (North West)
The proposed North West Coastal Pathway when complete is planned to connect the communities of the North West Coast of Tasmania from Wynyard to Latrobe, covering approximately 110 km of shared walking/cycling pathways.
Launceston CBD to Newnham (Launceston)
Improve and upgrade the connection between the Launceston CBD and the University of Tasmania Newnham Campus.
Inter-City Cycleway (Hobart)
The Inter-City Cycleway is a first-class, segregated bicycle facility that travels along the Derwent River from Hobart to Claremont. There are fantastic opportunities to extend the Cycleway, to improve sections and to develop links from and to other bikepaths, which will upgrade and boost the already phenomenally popular facility. These opportunities include: Morrison Street Bi-Directional Bike Lane, Battery Point Foreshore, Lutana Rail Spur, Humphrey's Rivulet and Main Road Bike Lanes.
Current Infrastructure Priorities
BT is developing current Bike Network Action Plans for each Local Government Area. These plans throw the spotlight on the current high priorities in the development of connected bike networks. These plans are published here.
Candidates for the Council elections are invited to familiarise themselves with these network plans to understand the current picture of bicycle infrastructure in their LGA and also to see which projects BT would like them to support. Infrastructure projects are also listed by Council area.
As we approach the Council elections in October 2014, Bicycle Network Tasmania will provide opportunities for members and non-members alike to get involved and to support active, vibrant municipalities.
At this early stage of the process, we encourage you to engage with your Council to better ensure that meaningful bike related infrastructure is prioritised both pre- and post- election. Do tell us if you hear of people who are planning to stand as a candidate, as we will need to start talking to candidates before the nominations close.
Bicycle Network Tasmania relies on your membership support to continue to campaign for improving riding conditions for all riders. If you have not already joined, please become a member, and in addition to supporting our facilities development staff in their lobbying activities, you'll receive crash cover and support, member discounts, RideOn Magazine, In The Loop and eNews.