Bicycle Tasmania has transformed from an organisation struggling with the administrative pressures on volunteers and a wavering sense of direction to a responsive and evolving advocacy body with a fast growing membership responsible for a list of important achievements including:
Organisation and Partnerships
Bicycle Tasmania successfully completed a process to revitalise the organisation which
included the following:
- Partnered with the Bicycle Network to offer Bicycle Tasmania members improved services and employ Tasmania’s first Bicycle Facilities Development Manager.
- Worked closely with Tasmanian Bicycle Council members including Cycling
South, Safer Roads for Cyclists (North West), The North West Recreational Cycling Group and the Tamar Bicycle Users Group.
- Commenced a strategic planning process
Bicycle Tasmania has represented members on a range of local, state and federal forums and groups including,
- The Tasmanian Bicycle Council (TBC)
- The Bicycle Coalition
- The National Bicycling Community Initiative
- The Australian Bicycle Council
- Local Government Bicycle Committees
- Bicycle User Groups
- The Road Safety Advisory Council who present recommendations to government on road safety policy, community, school-based and public education programs and expenditure of the road safety levy. Relevent outcomes from this resulted in progress towards:
- A Review of ‘shared urban spaces’ guidelines as this program is reviewed under the road safety strategy to ensure implications for cycling are included
- Facilitation of professional development and capacity building for engineers in relation to cycling issues in infrastructure design and examples of best practice cycling infrastructure
- Investigation into opportunities to engage drivers of larger vehicles (such as trucks and buses) as well as bicycle riders on each other’s perspectives and potential safety issues
- DIER to facilitate engagement between TBC and RSAC education and marketing area to consider opportunities for campaign to promote bicycle lighting leading into winter (daylight savings changeover time)
- Monash University Accident Research Centre to be requested through RSAC to work with DIER to prepare a literature review of cycling research and best practice guidelines
Bicycle Tasmania participated in the organisation or attended a number of successful events involving the community and bicycle riding in which we:
- Organised the 2011 Hobart Commuter Challenge on ‘Ride to Work Day’ which featured 10 well known personalities and radio coverage on 936 ABC Hobart, Heart 107.3, 7HOFM & EDGE.
- Organised State Bike Week Events and a Calendar of Rides
- Organised Valet Bike Parking at the MONA opening festival at Berriedale, Taste of Tasmania, Sustainable Living Expo and Treadlightly Festival.
- Organised the Sandy Bay Rd Cycle-way Support Demonstration (300 Riders took part).
Effective communication is key to achieving the aims of Bicycle Tasmania. In 2011 we:
- Project managed the Why Ride Active Transport Campaign which aims to encourage positive relationships between bicycle riders and other road users while showcasing everyday Tasmanians who ride. The campaign has featured bus advertisements across Hobart, Launceston and Burnie and a competition for active transport participants to enter
- Featured in multiple newspaper articles and television news stories relating to bike riding.
- Participated in the cycling talkback radio slot with ABC mornings
A key initiative of Bicycle Tasmania in 2011 has been to pursue a statewide audit of bicycle facilities and activities in Tasmania and and show leadership in the promotion and advocacy of improved facilities. We have done this by:
- Preparing a Budget Submission featuring a comprehensive list of proposed facilities for the State Government
- Conducting a comprehensive audit of the State of Bike Riding in Tasmania (To be published in early 2012)
- Conducteding a survey of support for bicycle facilities of Local Government Candidates in Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough, Brighton and Launceston Areas and provided the results to members and the public
- Surveying all Tasmanian members of State Parliament about their support for bike riding and bicycle facility development
- Surveying all Tasmanian members of Federal Parliament about their support for bike riding and bicycle facility development
- Working closely with DIER in contributing feedback to a priority list of routes into Hobart and Launceston for infrastructure funding
- Organising a Petition in Support of Sandy Bay Rd Cycle-way with over 2,000 signatures
- Assisting with the development and submission of a business case to the Royal Hobart Hospital Executive for secure bike parking in response to staff concerns and thefts
Our Achievements prior to 2011
- Worked in co-operation with Cycling South and Hobart City Council for new facilities including: Argyle St, Campbell & Molle St Bike Lanes.
- Lobbied DIER and Local Government for widened shoulders on popular riding routes.
- Organised Valet Bike Parking at the Taste of Tasmania, the Sustainable Living Expo and the Treadlightly Festival
- Organised a yearly calender of participation rides
- Successfully lobbied for the removal of the Bicycle fee on the Spirit of Tasmania.
- Regular morning radio, on ABC
- An online bicycle touring guide around Tasmania.