June 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.
Bicycle Network Tasmania's advocacy activities include:
- Working to improve conditions for all riders in Tasmania
- Representation on BUGs and Council bicycle advisory committees
- Chair of the Tasmanian Bicycle Council
- Engagement with the Australian Bicycle Council and other relevant national bodies
- Locally deploying the experience and effectiveness of Bicycle Network to Tasmanian issues
- Directly lobbying Councils, State and Federal politicians
- Promoting activities and campaigns
Bicycle Network Tasmania supports programs and projects like:
- Super Tuesday annual bike count
- Bike Week (annually in March)
- Social Rides
- Bike Futures conferences
- The Five Alive! Program for kids
- Valet bike parking for concerts, festivals and sporting events
In the past, Bicycle Network Tasmania has played an important part in:
- Lobbying and making submissions for improved conditions such as separated bikepaths, onroad bikelanes, changes to road rules that make riding safer
- Promoting safer behaviours by all road users
- Eliminating the Bass Strait ferry cycle fee
- Hosting non-competitive social and family rides
- Maintaining a presence in the media and a voice for Tasmanian riders since 1995.
Does that sound inspiring? Please help! We have a couple of local staff but are mostly volunteers, and to make change happen we need riders to get involved.