Old Farm Track - Downhill project

The City of Hobart is proposing to convert the Old Farm Track, between Old Farm Fire Trail and Main Fire Trail from a shared use track, to a single use (bicycle only), single direction (downhill) track. The proposal includes a new ~70m section of track between Old Farm Track and Main Fire Trail, to separate riders from walkers at the Myrtle Gully Track junction.

In February 2012, the City of Hobart and the Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT) endorsed the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan, as one of the key strategic documents directing the planning, development and management of mountain bike riding opportunities within the Greater Hobart Area.

The Master Plan identified a lack of downhill, or ‘gravity fed’ riding opportunities within greater Hobart. The City of Hobart is proposing to convert the Old Farm Track, between Old Farm Fire Trail and Main Fire Trail from a shared use track, to a single use (bicycle only), single direction (downhill) track. The proposal includes a new ~70m section of track between Old Farm Track and Main Fire Trail, to separate riders from walkers at the Myrtle Gully Track junction.

What Will the Project Mean?

Implementation of the project will mean:

  • There will be a new single direction, downhill mountain bike track within Wellington Park.
  • Uphill bicycle access on the Old Farm Track between Main Fire Trail and Old Farm Fire Trail will be prohibited.Uphill mountain bike access to Junction Cabin will be via the Old Farm Fire Trail.
  • Pedestrian access (i.e. walking, running or dog walking) on Old Farm Track between Main Fire Trail and the Old Farm Fire Trail will be prohibited. However, pedestrian access to Junction Cabin via the Myrtle Gully Track and Old Farm Fire Trail will not be affected, and the Myrtle Gully Track will continue to be for walkers only.

For further information about this project, see the attachment at the bottom of this page, or visit www.hobartcity.com.au/oldfarmtrack

The City of Hobart is seeking comment regarding this proposal. Comments can be submitted by:

Post: The City of Hobart (Attn Carrie Southern), GPO Box 503, Hobart, 7001

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The comment period closes on the 22 September 2014.

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