Count Us In, Say Riders

Thanks to The Mercury for this article. Reporter – DUNCAN ABEY   |   May 26, 2013 12.00am


HOBART cyclists from age eight to 80 converged on Salamanca yesterday for a campaign to highlight the diversity of people who use bikes.

The pedal-pushers hope lycra power can help influence politicians when planning and funding decisions are made on high-use public spaces and roads.

“In the short term, we are asking for Hobart City Council to bear the less-confident rider in mind when making a decision on the design direction for Sandy Bay Road Walking and Cycling Project,” Bicycle Tasmania’s Emma Pharo said.

Bicycle Tasmania is calling for all levels of government to include bicycle transport in their plans.

Ms Pharo said recent Federal and State budgets were depressing reading for active transport, with no funding for university to city links, which means no Battery Point walkway for the time being.

Council will discuss Bicycle Tasmania’s proposal regarding Sandy Bay at the Infrastructure Services Committee meeting on May 29 and a full Council meeting on June 11.

“Action from the council is important, particularly in the wake of the failure of the state government’s bid for $38 million worth of active transport infrastructure in the Nation Building 2 bid,” Ms Pharo said.’

Seems like bikes have made it in to the news, but not the Budget.

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