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. While brave and experienced bicycle riders can ride amongst the cars with a certain level of ease, the bicycle riders of the future are 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.
Sport and Recreation Tasmania have lead the Tasmanian Governments recent efforts towards construction of a connected bicycle network through the Trails and Bikeways Fund. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints this fund has been discontinued from 2011.
Sport and Recreation have provided invaluable leadership to the development of bicycle facilities in Tasmania in the absence of Tasmania’s Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) taking responsibility for transport focussed bicycle infrastructure. DIER has, however, shown positive steps over 2011towards beginning to recognise that
bicycle riders deserve to be catered for on our road networks. Too often, the needs and comfort of people riding bicycles has been left out of plans and construction of road projects.
DIER may be currently focused on delivering infrastructure for motorized 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 have the ability to provide supportive environments for bicycle riding through the decisions they make 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.
In creating this plan, hundreds of people have given there time to contribute ideas, feedback and professional skills. Thank you!
We believe that if we, the bicycle riding community, can organise ourselves and hold our government accountable to providing for riders through better facilities, then our communities will benefit significantly from more people riding
into the future.
We ask our members, everyday bicycle riders, the wider community and decision makers for strong support.
Together we can unlock Tasmania’s bicycle riding potential and guide the beginning, completion and upgrading of a connected bicycle network for all Tasmanians.
Help us start making these healthy connections today!
Facilities Development Manager