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Tassie Bike News Bites

Burnie confirms its not working on eastern section of Coastal Pathway while other north-west councils put it on their election wishlists, Snap Send Solve awards Burnie it's Tasmanian winner for 2023 and Bike Spot wraps up with more than 600 Tasmanian report.
Boats moored on an inlet with a path in the foreground and kunayi/Mt Wellington in the background.

Sneek peak at Bike Week rides

We’ve got a few Bike Week rides in our list of social rides but hope to see more by the time 1-8 March rolls around. Keep your eyes on our general events listing for more rides being added:
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Kunanyi Challenge back for Bike Week

The Kunanyi Challenge is back to help kick off Bike Week this year, along with social rides galore across the state and the Super Tuesday commuter count.

A letter from our CEO

Happy 2024 to our loyal members and subscribers. As we embark on a new year, I wanted to share a couple of key milestones on the 2024 Bicycle Network calendar, and some news about our organisation.

Teenagers arrested over Beach Road hits

Police have arrested two teenagers – one of whom has been charged – following an investigation into two bike riders that were hit by a car on Beach Road last week.

Somerville Road bike lane closure

The on-road west-bound bike lane on Somerville Road between Whitehall Street and Hyde Street in Yarraville will be closed for several weeks during February.

M8O Trail detour in north-east

From next Monday the M80 Trail will be closed on weekdays and Saturday mornings until mid-March along a stretch through Bundoora and Greensborough.
New Trail for Jells Park

Jells Park doubles up on trails

Two new trails will be developed in Jells Park in Melbourne’s East after community feedback identified a preference for more varied trail experiences.

Exercise makes your brain bigger

It’s true! Riding your bike builds volume in key areas of the brain for memory and learning, contributing to a better life as you age.

The Dutch switch on new super solar bike paths

Riding a bike is in itself and environmentally-friendly activity, but the Dutch are looking to level up its eco-credentials with expansive new bike paths that generate electricity from the sun.

Clearing up Victoria’s largest landslip in 40 years

Landslips come in all shapes and sizes, but for the Falls Creek community and in fact the whole of Victoria, they don’t come much bigger than the mass of material that swept across Bogong High Plains Road in late 2022.
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Tassie Bike News Bites

Triathlon to shut cycleway and waterfront paths, womens MTB day at Meadowbank and Launceston pool puts CCTV on bike parking in this Bike News Bites.

Work starts on Harris Street Bridge

The new shared path and bridge on Harris Street in Yarraville that will take bikes over the busy Whitehall Street truck route has started construction.

Can bike lanes be a fit for this Queen?

The long-planned and soon-to-be constructed Queens Avenue shared path in Caulfield East has come under threat from residents who have recently discovered that trees in the way will be removed.
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Making the most of the summer sunshine

We’re back with the first In the Loop social rides heads-up for 2024. The coming fortnight is offering the usual rides around Hobart as well as a country roads expedition.

Franklin Street west closures

Riders in the north of the CBD will encounter changed traffic conditions as work proceeds to dismantle overhead gantries and acoustic sheds built for the Metro Tunnel Project. The removal the overhead gantry at Stewart and Franklin streets has been completed. Shed demobilisation works have started at the Franklin Street West site with the long-term [...]

New Parkiteers in Deer Park, Greensborough and Montmorency

Bicycle Network opened three new Parkiteer facilities as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project on Mt Derrimut Road and the Hurstbridge line duplication projects between October and December last year.  Deer Park Station The opening of the Deer Park station saw the removal of the 68th level crossing at Mt Derrimut Road. The station [...]

Royal Parade works wrap up

Work to install a new water main along Royal Parade has been completed with just road reinstatement to come.

Elizabeth Street closure returns

Workers have returned to Elizabeth Street where Greater Western Water is upgrading the sewer under the west side of the road.

Flemington Road disruptions

Electrical works for Yarra Trams will close sections of the Flemington Road bike lane near the Royal Childrens Hospital in Parkville this month.

Walmer Street Bridge ready to re-open

Workers are racing to complete the connections to the Walmer Street Bridge in Abbotsford and get the Main Yarra Trail crossing of the Yarra operational before the holidays.

The bridge has landed

A new bike and pedestrian bridge just settled gently across the Moonee Ponds Creek in West Melbourne, soon to welcome its first riders.

Big and blunt: the cars that threaten life

New research from the US has established that the trend toward cars and SUVs that are fashionably high at the front has resulted in a climb in deaths and serious injuries.
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Tassie Bike News Bites

This edition of News Bites counts Sunday riders in Kingston, ironman to close Intercity Cycleway and Bridgewater Bridge works continue to disadvantage cyclists.

38 bike models skewered by recall

In a massive safety recall Product Safety Australia has recalled 38 bike models including from Avanti, Malvern Star, Raleigh and Diamond Back.

BikeSpot shines a light on the safest places to ride

An expansive mapping project to uncover Australia's most safe and unsafe places to ride has been met with huge interesting from the bike riding community, revealing valuable insights on infrastructure around the country.

How to save old bikes from landfill

Chances are we've all got a disused bike laying about somewhere or knows someone who does. And chances are this trash could become another rider's treasure if given a little TLC.
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It’s a wrap 2023

With the year winding up and our next In the Loop not until next February, we wanted to remind you of all the cycling advancements that have happened in Tassie over the past year.
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Have your say on Mac Point planning guidelines

Whether you support or oppose the Macquarie Point Stadium you may be interested in commenting on draft guidelines the Tasmanian Planning Commission has issued to shape the government’s application.
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Bumper summer ride plan

This is a bumper edition of upcoming social rides as the next In the Loop will not be until 1 February 2024.

Register now for National Ride2School Day 2024

Registrations are now open for Bicycle Network's National Ride2School Day 2024, where hundreds of thousands of kids around the country are expected to ride, scoot, skate and walk to class.

Culture shared on the Great Vic

On any Great Vic Bike Ride you’ll find explorers and adventurers, but a special bunch joined us for the 2023 Snow to Sea adventure.

Highway plan could fix gap in southeast

Early investigations for the upgrade of the South Gippsland Highway between South Dandenong and Lynbrook could provide a vital bike connection to Cranbourne through the suburbs in Melbourne’s south-east.

Geelong moves ahead with streetscape vision

Geelong’s plan to transform its central business area into a people-friendly and attractive streetscape has progressed another step with the release of master plans for Mercer and Gheringhap Streets, two gateways to the city.

A rider’s journey through Morocco

When Bren Christiansen decided to take a bike tour through Morocco, he thought I would have an amazing tour, how could it not be amazing cycling with friends and other like minded people? Then a devastating earthquake struck in the leadup.

Rail Loop seeks rider feedback

Suburban Rail Loop has released a set of visionary plans for the neighbourhoods that will surround the new stations along the project.

Drugged driver jailed over rider death

A driver impaired by a cocktail of drugs has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months imprisonment over the death of Melbourne physiotherapist Harry Papagolas in Spottswood in September 2021.

Return to Gippsland in 2024

This year’s Great Vic Bike Ride took in a just a small slice of Gippsland, but given this region is the size of Switzerland, here's why you should add it to your 2024 travel wish list.