New cycle passing laws - Distance makes the difference

New passing laws in Tasmania mean motorists must be at least one metre from a cyclist when passing on roads with a speed limit of up to 60 km/h, and one-and-a-half metres on roads over 60 km/h.

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Tasmania's Cycle Tourism Strategy and funding released

The Tasmanian Government has released it's Tasmanian Cycle Tourism Strategy to guide the development of Tasmania’s cycling tracks and trails, grow and promote experiences and events, and improve safety for all cyclists.

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Exciting times for Maydena Bike Park

The Minister for Environment and Parks, Matthew Groom, announced that Dirt Art will be beginning construction of the Maydena Bike Park this week.  The full media release is below.

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Pillinger Drive Track to remain shared use

After an 18 month trial, the Wellington Park Management Trust has resolved to keep the Pillinger Drive Track between Fern Tree Park and Pillinger Drive as shared use for cycling and walking.

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Illegal Track Rehabilitation near Glenorchy MTB Park

Some illegally cut/built MTB tracks that run off the Water Fire Trail in Wellington Park for a distance north of approximately 300 metres, finishing in Tolosa Park will shortly be closed off/rehabilitated.

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Tasmania's Bike Friendly Business Accreditation Program

The TICT have launched Australia's first Bike Friendly Business community in partnership with the Tasmanian Government, the Tasmanian cycling community, and Tourism Northern Tasmania.

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2017 National Cycling Participation Survey (Tasmania)

The 2017 National Cycle Participation Survey has been released, with the Tasmanian report finding that 16% (95% CI: 13.8% - 18.3%) of Tasmanian residents ride a bicycle in a typical week. More than one third (34.9%, 95% CI: 32.3% - 37.4%) had done so in the past year. 

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Blue Derby Pods Now Open

The Blue Derby Pods are now open, offering a three-day, two-night guided ride with a unique accommodation – custom-made ‘pods’ that have been designed to give the occupier the feeling of being suspended just above the ground.

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Warrawee Mountain Bike Master Plan - July 2017 update

The Warrawee Mountain Bike Master Plan is part of an overall world-class $4.1 million Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Development that will enable mountain bike riders to traverse between Latrobe and Sheffield in relative safety, however one of it's iconic features - a flying fox across the Mersey River - now seems in doubt.

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Intercity Cycleway - Proposed Extension - Macquarie Point Development Corporation Site

The Hobart City Council agreed to set aside $400,000 to construct approximately 400m of the cycleway from McVilly Drive to the boundary of the Macquarie Point development site at their meeting of 24 July 2017.

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Coastal Pathway to Link Wynyard and Burnie

The Premier of Tasmania has announced a contribution of $1.86 million to fund a new Coastal Pathway between Cooee and Wynyard, bringing the vision of a pathway across the North-West Coast a step closer to fruition.  The other half ($1.84 million) of the funding for the $3.7 million project is being jointly funded with the Waratah-Wynyard and Burnie City councils Coastal Pathway to Link Wynyard and Burnie.

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Visitor Mountain Biking activity continues to rise in Tasmania - March 2017

Visitors undertaking some form of mountain biking activity in Tasmania rose another 15.3% in the March quarter of 2017 to an estimated 21,400 compared to the previous year. 

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Implementation of Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan - June 2017 Update

The June 2017 Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan Implementation Update has been released including a note that a detailed feasibility study is being undetaken by World Trail on the Big Bend to Junction Cabin Downhill Track, the shared use status of Middle Track (Radfords to Reservoir Trail) has now been made permanent and much more.

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Funding for St Helens Trail Network announced

The Tasmanian Government has announced $1 million in funding for the St Helens MTB Network in the 2017-18 budget.
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Tasmanian Mountain Biking Visitor Statistics - In More Depth

Mountain biking is booming in Tasmania, you just have to head up to Derby to see that, however there are a number of claims being made about vistior numbers that just aren't really supported by the source they come from ... if you dig into the data a bit.

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Extension of Shared Use Trial on the Pillinger Drive Track from Fern Tree Park to Pillinger Drive, Mt Wellington

The Wellington Park Management Trust has extended the trial of Shared Use (for cycling and walking) on the Pillinger Drive Track from Fern Tree Park to Pillinger Drive until the end of June 2017.

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North-East Rail Trail a Step Closer

The North Eastern Advertiser is reporting that the North-East rail trail is another step closer with the tabling in Parliament of a draft Corridor Notice for the section stretching from Coldwater Creek to Tongonah.

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Maydena Bike Park another step closer

The Maydena Bike Park is another step closer, following Dirt Art's signing of a lease and licence agreement under the Tasmania Government's EOI process.

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New Launceston City Cycling Map

TBug has produced a new cycle map for Launceston. For the first time, all the off and on road bike trails and bike lanes are displayed in one simple and easy-to-read map.

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Funds to restore Mountain Bike Trails in Launceston

Mountain Bike trails in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed Recreation Areas are set for a major upgrade thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

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