Glenorchy leads the way with protected cycle lanes

LOCAL cyclists can take a ride on the safe side thanks to a new protected riding area in the Glenorchy CBD, incorporated as part of the CBD Revitalisation Project.

Glenorchy City Council general manager Tony McMullen said he was delighted that stage one of the project had been completed.

“One of our main objectives in the project is to create a CBD that is easy to access by a range of transport modes,” he said.

“Council gained funding assistance through the State Government’s Vulnerable Road Users Grant Program to install a cycle link which provides the first protected (on road) cycle lanes in Tasmania.

“These are common interstate, but this is the first time that they have been installed in Tasmania.

“It is important to note that the concrete partitions provide that extra element of cycle rider safety and discourage vehicles from entering the bike lane.”

Glenorchy City Council Director of Infrastructure and Works Ted Ross cycles to work along the intercity cycleway and uses Peltro Street to access the Glenorchy CBD.

Mr Ross said that separated cycle lanes were safe and an enjoyable way of travelling out of the way of traffic.

“As part of the 2018/19 Annual Plan, Council has a project to further investigate our tracks and trails network,” he said.

“This will look at how we can improve linkages so that more people are encouraged to use walking and cycling modes of transport.”

Mr Ross uses an electric pedal assist bike, giving him the opportunity to exercise while also helping him tackle head winds and steep hills.

“While there have been the occasional wet and windy days, the weather in Hobart is now mostly settled and perfect for cycling,” Mr Ross said.

Stage one works of the CBD Revitalisation Project include ramp improvements at the Inter City Cycleway near KGV Avenue, cycling lanes along Peltro Street that link the cycleway with the CBD, enhancements to the traffic signals crossing KGV Avenue, reseal of Peltro Street and stormwater drainage improvements.

Caption: Glenorchy City Council Director of Infrastructure and Works Ted Ross cycles to work and home daily.