Some of our members have asked us to reinstate this feature from our old website - so here it is.
This is a way to keep your fellow riders informed of what's happening on the road and how you think conditions can be improved. It's a work in progress, so if you have ideas on how we can improve just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will use this information in our advocacy work with Council and State bodies to promote continued improvement in conditions for riders. We will not release personal information unless we have your permission.
Poor road and pathway conditions
If you are reporting poor road conditions or something that is annoying like missing kerb ramps or lack of bike parking rails, please report these directly to your local Council (and copy to us via Rider's Log here if you like). Include a photo if you can and a brief description of the problem.
If you see something that looks wrong or out of place, it is worth reporting this, as if it is discovered early it is likely to be easier/cheaper to fix. Alternatively, you could use an app like SnapSendSolve or RiderLog (note, this last one is iOS only at present) to do this. Or check your Council's webpage for their contact details. Here are some examples:
- for Hobart City Council, use app Snap Send Solve, call 6238 2836 or email email@example.com
- Clarence City Council, call 6217 9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glenorchy City Council, call 6216 6349 or use the feedback form
- Kingborough Council, call 6211 8200 or email email@example.com
Regional roads and highways are the responsibility of the Dept of State Growth. You can report a maintenance issue on a State road as follows:
North West: 6477 7062
North East: 6777 1953
South: 6166 3365
Or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report dangerous driving incidents to Tasmania.Police@police.tas.gov.au, your email will be registered and acted on. It will help your case if you are very clear in your report about the details of the car. If you noted down the driver's car registration number, you can check your recollection of the details of the car here. As most of us carry mobile phones when riding, you can phone 131444 and provide an immediate report. You should be prepared to provide a statutory declaration and give evidence to progress an action by the police.
If there is a "crash" and you are not legally obliged to report it to Tasmania Police, you can still make a report to the police online. This ensures the incident is filed in official records and can be used for insurance purposes. Check the details here.
Members of Bicycle Network Tasmania who are involved in a crash and are injured, or whose bike (or property) is damaged, can get Rider's Rights information and referral for legal advice by calling 03 8376 888.
With road rage, the rider should immediately report it to police. They will decide the appropriate law under which to launch a prosecution if they have the evidence to proceed. If there is evidence such as camera footage or witnesses prepared to give a statement, let police know.
It’s not necessary for the rider to know what the law pertaining to road rage is or whether Tasmania is different to other states before making a complaint to police. You would only need to seek legal advice if you were planning a civil action.
There have been a number of successful police prosecutions in the North, where cyclists have been subject to what we can broadly call road rage. A successful prosecution does not rely on the rider’s knowledge of the law.
Of course, if there is a physical confrontation then there are the laws regarding assault that come into play.