Plan to Develop World-Class Mountain Bike Network at Cascade

Bicycle Tasmania are excited at the prospect of the development of a world-class network of mountain bike trails as Hobart’s largest privately owned bushland area is about to become a whole lot more public. 

The city council and Cascade Brewery are working together to develop a long-term plan for more than 250ha of bush owned by the beer company. Termed the Cascade Strategic Land Review, the 12-month assessment will present a fantastic opportunity to further support active transport and expand possibilities for cyclists and walkers alike. 

On the fringe of the CBD, in the foothills of Mt Wellington, the land is already informally used for walking, running and mountain biking.

Now, specialist planning, ­environmental and heritage consultants will look at ways to deliver economic, conservation and recreational benefits for Cascade and the community.

Bicycle Tasmania’s Emma Pharo said the plan offered exciting possibilities, with mountain bike destination tourism becoming increasingly popular.

“We’ve had interest nationally and internationally in mountain bike destination development,” she said.

“We recently had a mountain bike entrepreneur come out here from Colorado, interested in finding out what was on offer in Tasmania and who rode the north-south track on the mountain.”

Opportunities for community input will become available through-out the process. 

Read the full Mercury article.

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