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People who ride bicycles for transport and recreation in Tasmania today deserve to be recognised and provided for. There are now thousands of bicycle riders travelling from A to B across our cities and towns, demonstrating beyond doubt that bicycle riding is a valued and popular activity for Tasmanians.
More bicycle riders are joining the ebb and flow of a road environment which, in recent time, has been dominated almost exclusively by car traffic. Whilst brave and experienced bicycle riders can ride amongst the cars with a certain level of ease, the bicycle riders of the future are still waiting for the time when a comfortable and convenient riding environment is provided which can take them from where they live to where they want to go.
Despite the inclusion of bicycle riding as a key mode in Tasmania government strategies, such as the Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy and Southern Integrated Transport Plan, the budget for active transport remains inadequate for the task ahead. Too often, the needs and comfort of people riding bicycles have been left out of plans and construction of road projects. Tasmanians need active transport to be considered in all road creation and maintenance projects to make sure that all opportunities to improve conditions for bicycle riders are seized.
DIER may be currently focussed on delivering infrastructure for motorised transport but their true role is to help people move, not only when they are in a car. Other modes of transport now have a key role in a modern transportation system. DIER now has the ability to provide supportive environments for bicycle riding through the decisions it makes around the management and improvement of our road system.
Bicycle Tasmania, in collaboration with groups and individuals interested in growing the bicycle riding world, have produced this bicycle facilities campaign plan to guide Tasmania towards establishing a connected bicycle riding network for the 21st century.
The factsheets on this site give details of the priority projects, ranging from inexpensive changes to signage and kerbs, through to elevated waterfront pathways.
We ask our members, everyday bicycle riders, the wider community, and decision makers for strong support. Together we can give Tasmanians the option of taking a bicycle for some of their leisure and transport trips, creating healthier more resilient communities.
Help us start making these healthy connections today!
Facilities Development Managers