Minister opens new bikepath
This morning there was quite a crowd at the official opening of the new section of bikepath connecting the Tasman Bridge to Rose Bay High. This has been in development for five years, and it was great to take a spin along it at last. The Mayor of Clarence, Doug Chipman, introduced the Minister for State Growth, Rene Hidding, who did the honours by cutting the ribbon. Hobart's Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and Aldermen from Clarence, Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough Councils were also there to witness it.
This project has been a joint endeavour of the State Government and Cycling South, which represents the cycling advocacy arm of these southern Councils. Particular credit is due to Alderman Sharyn von Bertouch (just to the left of Doug Chipman), who has been a driving force behind progressing this link in the network.
The first riders along the officially opened path were Emma Pharo (BT's Facilities Development Manager), Di Elliffe (BT's President) and Luke Middleton (Active Transport Network Planner, State Growth).
The Minister looked pretty comfortable on Di's electric bike: