Tuesday, 3 April 2012 For immediate release
Almost thirty years ago, a cycleway was proposed along Sandy Bay Road. We seem to be inching closer to finally seeing paint and other infrastructure installed for at least some sections of the project.
This is welcome news given that the community consultation report estimated that 1,500 people and organisations provided direct input to the proposal. There was an average level of 71% for all road sections, with support significantly higher than the opposition. Among residents living on the route, support still outweighed opposition at 66 to 69%.
In five parts, Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee is recommending that the first two, most straight-forward section between Sandy Bay Rivulet and the Casino be given the green light.
The recommendations for the others sections are for further design and trials.
All detailed design work and alternative plans needs to be prioritised in order that the project is ready for Council to bid for State and Commonwealth funding and not used as an excuse to go slow on sections that met with resident opposition.
Emma Pharo of Bicycle Tasmania said that ‘the sticking point appears to be resident parking for two of the sections south of Maning Avenue. However, the section from the Casino to Maning Avenue poses no such problem. In fact, the design proposes to increase parking along that section. ’
There appears to be support for on-road bicycle lanes throughout the whole project, which would solve some of the issues cycleway opponents raised about the ‘Copenhagen’ style lanes that had contra-flow cycle traffic for the middle section of the proposal.
Given the high level of interest in recent months about alternative modes of transport in greater Hobart, the Sandy Bay Cycleway represents an opportunity for Council Alderman to show leadership around actioning these low cost alternatives to cars.
People want the option of easier walking and cycling along this key transport route and the multi-users paths and cycleways will be a significant public asset.
Almost thirty years after the Sandy Bay Cycleway was first proposed, here is a great opportunity to progress active transport in Hobart.
Pharo, Facilities Development, Bicycle Tasmania