Members' BBQ sizzled

It was a chance for members to have their say about the many issues that interest them, and for prospective members to sign up.  And if the message got through on the importance of Bicycle Network to the future of the bike in Tasmania with every sausage handed out, it was a great result.

As our membership officer Phil Joughin mused, as he staffed the hot plate: “We’re building a nation of bike riders, one sausage at a time.

Yes, it was a fun afternoon laced with some serious discussion on bike issues. So much so that there was still a group of five in animated discussion as we loaded the barbie on the ute and left them to it at 6pm.

Apart from the assembly line production of snags in bread (Brad Woods being the supreme snag wrangler), the hit of the afternoon was the whiteboards (Greg Dutkowski’s idea) where riders, prospective members and passersby up for a free feed could write down their ideas.

The Hobart City Council was again very supportive, with city parks project officer Simon Munn and senior park planner Jill Hickie attending. 

Simon, who was responsible for the design of the Rivulet Track, gave members an insight into the design and material selection and some of the other creative design going into other projects around the city.  Jill spoke on the council’s campaign to promote good shared-path etiquette – a project strongly supported by Bicycle Network – including prominent signage to get riders to slow down, particularly on the downhill just before entering the Molle St car park.

Bicycle Network Tasmania convenor Di Elliffe outlined the organisation’s priorities under the proposed new Hobart Transport Strategy, which is now in the public consultation phase.  And she urged all who attended to outline their ideas – big and small – to improve conditions for riders and to get more people riding.

Those white boards contain plenty of those and we will give a detailed rundown soon on the issues riders raised.

Keep an eye on our website for the results.

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