Get some help to get on your bike

TASMANIA is a fantastic place to ride with the wild natural areas, serene farmland, stunning coastal vistas, unspoilt historic towns and villages and an abundance of great foodie destinations.

Bicycle Network Tasmania has released a new tool to help both visitors and locals to find safe and easy places to ride around the state.

The ambassador routes in the ‘Ride With GPS’ website are designed to create self-guided two-wheel tours of some of the best bits of Tasmania.

From cruisy coffee runs to laid back country touring, you can enjoy beautiful Tasmania just as if you are riding with a savvy local who knows the best shortcuts and the quietest streets.

The carefully curated routes within the Ride with GPS website and phone app help to plan your ride showing the roads and trails to take, interesting destinations, what you’ll see along the way, and the distance and elevation of the ride.

The routes recommended and described by Bicycle Network Tasmania are all designed to be easy for people of a wide range of riding ability and includes:

Sandy Bay Riverside Roll – 21km – along Sandy Bay Rd.

Easy Ride to MONA – 26km – Intercity Cycleway.

Artlovers’ scenic ride to MONA – 26km – Intercity cycleway and local roads via GASP.

City to Cascade Brewery – 9km – Hobart Rivulet path.

Hobart Airport to the City – 21km – via Cambridge Rd and local streets to the Tasman Bridge and Intercity cycleway.

White Hills winery route – 35km – quiet roads, some with marked bike lanes through farmland to Joseph Chromy vineyard.

City sights Launceston – 16km – bike paths and quiet streets taking in the Design Centre, City Park, river scenery.

Deloraine gourmet ride under Western Tiers – 33km – quiet roads taking in Mole Creek, Three Willows winery, 40 Degrees South salmon farm.

Deloraine to Westbury under Western Tiers – 35km – quiet country roads include historic buildings, farmland and John Temple Gallery.

Westbury Bracknell country – 45km – taking in rural roads and village of Bracknell.

Devonport Discovery Tour – 23km – coastal bike paths passing Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, Don River railway, and plenty of coastal scenery.

More routes from around the state will be added to the site and Bicycle Network is asking for suggestions for more rides.

Just go to ‘Find’ in the top menu of the website and type in Bicycle Network Tasmania into ‘Keywords’ to see all the recommended routes.

You can print out the route instructions or download the route to your phone to get turn-

by-turn navigation help.

For more information, visit www.ridewithgps.com.

Photo credit: Robert Gavin.