This final report into active transport, released this week by the Federal Dept of Infrastructure and Transport, should provide valuable weight for the inclusion of bike paths when roads are constructed. See our blog item, which includes a link to the source of the report:
The report represents a very emphatic statement that the federal government is a strong supporter of active travel and wants it embedded in the way Australia ‘does’ transport. The Australian Government commits to positive provision for active transport in proposed transport infrastructure, and evaluations of proposals will take appropriate account of the needs and benefits of walking, riding and access to public transport.
The section between Derwent Park Road and Sunderland St has an adjoining shed which is being demolished and involves removal of asbestos. As a result the cycleway will need to be closed for approximately 3 weeks while the works are carried out. A detour will be signed along Sunderland St and Derwent Park Road. (A map on the Bicycle Tasmania blog gives some idea of this detour.)
To promote the importance of improving bike infrastructure to ambitious Federal electoral candidates, BT is currently rolling out its 2013 electoral campaign.
This includes a survey of all candidates for both House of Reps and the Senate, quizzing them about their level of support for bike riding, both in general and in their electorate. We are highlighting a number of infrastructure projects which are "shovel ready". What this generally means for these projects is that all the planning and consultation has been done, the project is now just waiting for the addition of funds for the final design stages and building to be undertaken.
And we are focussing on bikepaths which form part of the agreed arterial bike plans. Some of them will provide missing links in the existing well-used network, others will extend the network into more areas where riders live. Here are our key areas of focus for the candidates to consider:
1. Recognising the extensive benefits of safer roads and better mobility from increased investments in bike infrastructure.
2. Placing an emphasis on safe connections to schools and universities, including, and not limited to, the implementation of: • University of Tasmania Sandy Bay Campus to Hobart CBD bike trail. • Upgrading the University of Tasmania Newnham Campus to Launceston CBD bike trail. 3. Facilitating all ‘shovel ready’ projects including: • InterCity Cycleway Extension to Granton • Humphreys Rivulet Track • Tasman Highway Path - Kangaroo Bay • Battery Point Promenade - Marieville Esplanade to Muirs boatyard 4. Implementing a strategic plan for bicycle tourism in Tasmania, incorporating the facilitation of: • North West Coastal Rail Trail • North East Rail Trail (Launceston to Herrick) 5. Supporting a recurrent funding program for bike infrastructure. 6. Incorporating provisions for bike users in other key state infrastructure projects.
We will publish the candidates' responses here and on our FB and blog pages, so stay tuned to find out who your best candidate for cycling is!
Contact Alasdair Doyle on 0481154710 if you would like to help out with the campaign.
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Bicycle Tasmania welcomes the decision of Hobart City 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.
Meet some Hobart cyclists and hear of their experiences riding in our city,
and their hopes for the future....
Bicycle Network Victoria has been campaigning for the connection for 17 years and last year the state government allocated $18 million to complete the project, including a route along the Darebin Creek and a new bridge across the Yarra.
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