The proposed works will include:
- widening and hardening of the surface between Molle St and McKellar St to improve the surface and increase the space for path users
- reducing the gradient of the slope off McKellar St, making it easier to go uphill and decreasing the downhill speeds of bike riders as well as improving the sight lines to make the path safer.
- Improved lighting and installation of luminescent reflective paint along edge of path
- Hardening of the surface between Gore St and Wynyard St
As a comparison, the Clarence Foreshore Trail also follows a waterway, passes through parkland and is located adjacent to residential areas. It attracts a high volume of use and is shared with people walking, riding bikes and walking dogs on lead. Clarence Council recently sealed the gravel section around Bellerive Bluff because of the complaints of muddiness and slipperiness in winter and have been working on sealing other sections over the past 5 years to improve sight lines, harden the surface and widen the path. However commuter counts show that during the 7am to 9am period there are twice as many bike riders on Clarence St (that runs parallel) than use the Clarence Foreshore Trail. This is similar to the Macquarie/Rivulet Track comparison.
Source: www.cyclingsouth.org downloaded 9 October 2014. Also see Bicycle Tasmania's view on the propsoed upgrades.