Candidates propose cycle route
Candidates for the forthcoming Council elections, Helen Burnet and Jen Van-Achteren, say that a smooth and coherent cycle route from the Hobart city centre to Richmond would be a great tourist drawcard. In the August edition of Hobart Observer, the two Council candidates (Helen Burnet is also standing for Lord Mayor of Hobart) called on the Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence Councils to work together to improve the current route across the Bowen Bridge and along Grass Tree Hill Rd.
Clarence City Council candidate and Risdon Vale resident Jen Van-Achteren said "It's an attractive and rideable route avoiding busy roads. But unfortunately, there are some difficult spots and connections, and signage is needed to help cyclists find the way".
Bicycle Tasmania's Alan Whykes, who is also standing as a candidate for Glenorchy City Council, said there was plenty of evidence that visitors to the State are looking for quality outdoors experiences. "Hobart attracts a lot of visitors and this round trip of 50km would be an appealing ride for many of them", he said. "However, greater Hobart lacks safe and signed cycle routes to most major tourist drawcards. So let's try one and make it first-class... Richmond would be ideal.
... We need to understand that cycling infrastructure is not a luxury. It has multiple benefits for health, well-being, traffic flow, pollution and, of course, tourism. And recent research shows cycling infrastructure can have a massive economic return, around 20 times the initial investment".