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.