RSAC focusses on cyclist safety
Bicycle Tasmania has been a strong voice for riders on this Council for the last 2 years. The Minister for State Growth, Rene Hidding, presented the Government's response to the RSAC's report yesterday in Estimates. The resulting article in today's Mercury didn't really show the true picture of the strategies proposed.
This announcement is part of a series of improvements for riders under RSAC's Third Action Plan. The plan includes: better awareness of drivers of the road rules around riders and that cyclists on the road need at least a metre of space; and the big ticket item of improvements to infrastructure including wider shoulders and off road paths (no ongoing funding). The RSAC agrees that conflict between road users needs to be "built out" through both improvements to existing roads and creation of separate bikepaths.
It's great to see the new link to the Tasman Bridge finished. Now we'd like the government to fund the northern extensions to the Intercity Cycleway. Glenorchy City Council have done all the planning and it's ready to build.
The reference to Bonnet Hill is of course not the real situation. For some reason bikelanes on Bonnet Hill were not included in the current Principal Urban Cycling Network plan, but Bonnet Hill is definitely included in the Regional Arterial Bike Network plan. BT has consistently supported improvements to the shoulders of this road.