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Sandy Bay Road Walking and Cycling Project

posted Jun 12, 2013, 3:50 PM by Austin Greenwood

Bicycle Tasmania welcomes the decision of Council to progress the Sandy Bay Walking and Cycling Project. It is a significant step in providing other transport options for residents in the Taroona and Sandy Bay areas.  


Several aldermen spoke of the importance of a connected bicycle network (Ruzicka, Zucco, Briscoe, Harvey, Burnet) because safe paths from destination to destination is what is needed to get most people riding for transport. Action on Sandy Bay Road Walking and Cycling Project is a vital step forward in achieving this connected network in the City of Hobart.


Confident riders will be better serviced by the improvements to the road surface that will occur as a key part of the Sandy Bay Road project, but importantly, new riders will be attracted by the greater level of service provided by both the removal of hazards (poor pavement, grates, some parked cars) and the clearer delineation of space for bike riders.


We look forward to working with Council to continually develop cycleway infrastructure in future. 


posted May 23, 2013, 4:29 PM by Austin Greenwood

11.00am, 25th May 2013
Princes Wharf 1 forecourt, Castray Esplanade, just across from Salamanca markets, Hobart
[will be some good vision/shots of a diversity of bike riders of all shapes and sizes]
Conga line of 73 pedestrians and bike riders aged from 8 years through to 80 years will gather part of '8-80 cities' movement. The 8-80 city philosophy is that if the city is designed for an 8 year old and an 80 year old then it will be people friendly enough for everyone. This liveable cities movement has spread from the Americas across the world and influenced cities such as New York, Bogata (Columbia), London and Toronto.
  • 8-80 Cities are communities built for people. They reflect social equality in the public realm and promote sustainable happiness.
  • They nurture our need to be physically active by providing safe, accessible and enjoyable places for everyone walk, bike and be active as part of our daily routine.
  • They recognize that people are social creatures and prioritize human interaction by fostering vibrant streets and great public places where people can rest, relax and play.
  • 8-80 Cities encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity or economic background.
At this event, Bicycle Tasmania is calling for all levels of government to plan for people. The recent federal and state government budget announcements are fairly depressing reading for active transport. There was no funding for the university to city links in Nation Building 2, which means no Battery Point walkway for the time being. It's important that the roads funding that we did get should include positive provisioning for pedestrians and bike riders, so that there is ongoing improvement for all modes of transport, not just for cars and heavy vehicles.

Link to the 8-80 article in yesterday's Mercury

Letter to Hon A. P. Harriss, Rokeby Road Upgrade

posted Nov 16, 2012, 10:36 PM by Austin Greenwood

Hon A. P. Harriss
Legislative Council Parliament House Hobart 7000
Thursday, 15 November 2012

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you in your capacity as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works. I understand you will be considering an upgrade to Rokeby Road tomorrow (Friday, November 16).
I am concerned that this upgrade could represent a major lost opportunity for residents in the area, because it fails to promote active transport as well as it might. The Rokeby Road upgrade is a major infrastructure project costing about $10m of federal roads funding + $2m state funding.

The Eastern Shore is an area with a growing population, with a number of new residential builds
proposed in the wider area. It should also be noted that there are two government requirements to make active transport – basically cycling and walking – central to infrastructure projects like this one.
These frameworks are namely the Federal Government’s following strategy: Our Cities, Our Future—A National Urban Policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future. The Active Transport component says the strategy seeks “to encourage and support walking and riding as part of the transport systems in Australia's cities and towns”.

The same objectives apply at a State level, through the State Government’s Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy. However, this project does not appear to treat all transport modes equally, namely equal provision for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

At a recent briefing myself (Bicycle Tasmania), Mary McParland (Cycling South) and Tom Allen (Sustainable Transport adviser to Nick McKim, MP), DIER maintained that funds are not available to include a shared pathway where Rokeby Road corners into Grange Road West and that full active transport provision “was not within the scope of this project”.

This project represents an opportunity to put in place the building blocks for a shared pathway effectively from the Tasman Bridge all the way along the Eastern Shore. DIER could create plans for such a walkway even if it does not have funds available for all components at this stage.

Ignoring such an opportunity then attempting to retrofit subsequent components does not represent best practice and is not in the interests of local residents. DIER’s current plans provide for
a shared pathway, which is then routed onto existing and very poor quality pathways at Rokeby Fire Station. Routing cyclists along poor quality footpath that also has poor sightlines in terms of driveways, is undesirable, especially when alternatives appear not to have been explored.
Local residents have opposed sound barriers in this area, which DIER has agreed to do away with. Given this concession, there appears to be ample scope to include a shared pathway. To their credit, DIER representatives agreed to “look at” provision of a full shared pathway at Rokeby Rd-Grange Rd West. However, the three of us have doubts about whether this consideration will have effect, given the plans are due to go to the Public Works Committee on Friday this week.

We would like to ask you to consider requiring DIER to incorporate true active transport equity in this project and to amends its plans accordingly.

Despite DIER maintaining there are no additional funds available, there is scope to submit this project, or elements of it, within the next round of Nation Building 2 funding. This next round is geared towards boosting Active Transport and there is still ample scope to make a submission.

Yours faithfully,
Emma Pharo, B.Sc., PhD
Facilities Development Manager, Bicycle Tasmania

Walk and cycle to work Australia!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 4:54 PM by Emma Pharo

Have your say on a draft report into "Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport" in Australia. Or just figure out what the Commonwealth government is thinking around sustainable transport. 
Available at <>.
The draft report aims to stimulate a national discussion on active travel and builds on national policies currently in place, such as the National Urban Policy, the National Road Safety Strategy and the National Cycling Strategy.  It explores how the Australian Government can work with other governments, business and the community to encourage and support walking and riding as part of an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system in Australia.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport welcomes your views on how to increase rates of walking and riding for transport purposes, and improve access to public transport.  You can respond to the Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport draft report for discussion by either completing an online feedback questionnaire or uploading a written submission via our website  A three month consultation period will close on Thursday 31 January 2013 and feedback will inform the Department’s development of policy on walking, riding and access to public transport.

Response to a letter in Mercury

posted Oct 4, 2012, 4:18 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Oct 7, 2012, 6:51 PM ]

In response to David Hurburgh ('Bike lane reality check', Oct 5), advocates of the Sandy Bay Walking and Cycling Project have taken a reality check. It's called research. It comes in the form of data from other cities as well as data on our own riders and residents. Hobart City Council has undertaken various surveys and bike counts to determine actual and projected levels of use. Lower Sandy Bay and Taroona has a particularly high proportion of residents who would like the healthy option of commuting, shopping and visiting by bike. 2012 data show 60 bike riders per hour on Sandy Bay Road. Roger Geller's work in Portland, Oregon shows that if you only cater to the 'strong and fearless' who don't mind mixing with cars, then you'll only get a few percent of people riding. Provide separated facilities, as is proposed along Sandy Bay Road, and you get dramatic uptakes in cycling. If the facility is upgraded, people will ride. Again, data from many other cities shows what is possible. The Swiss city of Basel is built on the steep banks of the Rhine and yet 23% of journeys are made by bike. In Bern, where many roads have a gradient of 7%, 15% of journeys are made by bike. Traffic engineers at the Council have demonstrated that Sandy Bay Road is wide enough to accommodate a variety of modes of transport, without disruption the flow for buses and cars. Given health benefits of physical activity and the possibility of overcoming hills with pedal-assist electric bikes, Hobart needs this infrastructure to give residents the option of leaving their cars behind. 

Vote with your wheels on Sandy Bay Rd - Oct 17th

posted Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 PM by Emma Pharo

You can vote with your wheels on Wednesday October 17th at our Ride2Work event along Sandy Bay Road. Meet at Lower Sandy Bay shops in time to leave at 7am SHARP. If you are among the first 50 riders there, you'll score a free, first edition Bicycle Tasmania t-shirt. It's bright orange with the BT riders in black - very cool.
Brian Richie (our Ride2Work Ambassador), the Minister for Sustainable Transport, Hobart City Council alderman, Heart Foundation CEO Graeme Lynch and your good selves will all be riding from Lower Sandy Bay and meeting up with Minister David O'Byrne at the breakfast in Mawson Place.
Cycling South have pulled in a real barista this year, so there will be 'proper' coffee and pastries.
Come and support calls for better bike infrastructure in Hobart, and have a great morning with fellow bike riders!

Update to Sandy Bay Walking and Cycling Project

posted Sep 5, 2012, 12:16 AM by Austin Greenwood

There is a plan to make bike riding along Sandy Bay Road an experience so enjoyable and safe that any person, aged eight to eighty, could ride it. It will be the nicest part of the ride to work, the best part of riding to Nutgrove Beach on the weekend and a highlight for Hobart visitors.

Unfortunately Hobart City Council is poised to sabotage four years of preparation and consultation into a project that was going to ensure that walking and cycling become a popular form of transport and recreation along Sandy Bay Road in the future. Read the details at the following link and sign the petition calling for a fairer


Bicycle Tasmania submission to the Integrated Transport Options inquiry

posted Jul 27, 2012, 12:26 PM by Austin Greenwood

Please find attached the Bicycle Tasmania submission to the Integrated Transport Options inquiry.

More people riding, more often

posted Jun 18, 2012, 12:36 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 18, 2012, 12:41 PM ]

 Getting more people riding, more often is our vision for a healthier Tasmania. Taking that bike out of the shed and giving it a dust off, even if it’s just once or twice a week, has a lot of positive benefits, including fitness and social contact.

 Cycling involves all the major muscle groups and can be a high cardio vascular exercise without weight bearing stress to muscles and joints. The Cycling25 project in Hobart followed 25 volunteer non-riders who committed to riding 40 km or four times a week for a year. Twenty one people finished the program and, in return, kept the bike they were given at the start of the year. There were highly positive outcomes around average fitness, improved mood, and an increase in recreational riding with family and friends.

Many people I speak to about bike riding say they would like to ride more often. One of the main barriers is lack of low-stress routes between people’s homes and destinations. We need routes that don’t require riding on roads that exceed people’s tolerance for traffic stress, and that do not involve long detours. Tasmania is slowly working towards implementing key arterial bike networks in urban centres but needs to be moving faster to tackle the challenges we face around obesity, work stress, cutting carbon, tackling congestion and providing cheaper travel options.

 Providing infrastructure that makes cycling a fun, cheap, social way to get around is an important part of tackling many complex social-environmental challenges. Bicycle Tasmania, Heart Foundation and many other groups are working towards getting local and state governments to prioritise funding and planning to make these low stress connections a reality to get more people riding, more often.

Emma Pharo, Facilities Development Manager

Bicycle Tasmania

In reply to Annie Betts (QuickViews, June 13)

posted Jun 13, 2012, 2:06 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 18, 2012, 12:43 PM ]

In reply to Annie Betts (QuickViews, June 13), the Degraves St, South Hobart bike lane is formalising a popular route for riders. They are going uphill from the South Hobart Rivulet path to access residences of South Hobart and trails of Mt Wellington. This contra-flow lane means that riders don’t have (legally) to mount the footpath or (illegally) ride up the street against the oncoming cars. The cars now park adjacent to the bike lane rather than the kerb, which provides a buffer between the riders and moving cars to the benefit of both parties. Councils and the state government have made myriad commitments around active transport for health and carbon emission reduction benefits. Hobart City Council is to be commended for their investment in the South Hobart Rivulet tracks, of which Degraves St is an important feeder route.

Emma Pharo
Facilities Development, Bicycle Tasmania

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