Building a Bike Riding Community

TBUG is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation working to build a stronger bike riding community in the Tamar region.You can join for as little as $20.  We work with local and state governments and organise rides for all levels from beginners to experienced. Anyone can come along to our rides ….it costs nothing and you are always welcome out the details on the rides page.

Photo courtesy of Chris Grose and On Your Bike Tours

TBUG - building a bike riding Community - Life's better on a bike

We always need more members and you can join for as little as $20. Anyone can come along to our rides …..it costs nothing and you are always welcome. out the rides page

Lots of Spring/Summer Rides and Events - Check out our rides calendar. Also try out the new Cycleteering Trail...you could win a prize!!

 

Fantastic Membership benefits when you join buy TBUG membership & Insurance via Auscycling.

Check out the latest great membership benefits from Australia Insurance/TBUG membership package. You can save a lot on all bike gear and even a new !! For more details of these and more local TBUG benefits Click here

Latest TBUG News and Updates

 

How well do you know Launceston?? 

Take the great Cycleteering challenge and you can win!!

You may think very well, but here’s a chance to test yourself as well as friends and family with our TBUG Bicycleteering challenge. Click on the link below for the clues  Find the place – give your answer using the clue. The answers are listed here too but we trust you wont cheat!!!

TBUG’s Cycleteering course covers a 6.7km cycling route across Launceston, exploring some of the city’s best known — and less well known — landmarks, along with the history behind them. TBUG’s Cycleteering route takes in Launceston’s Royal Park, the Cataract Gorge, Princes Square, City Park, and The Esplanade, and can be completed in as little as an hour and a half although you may have to hunt around for some.

Email us with a picture of your cycleteering adventure at contactus@tbug.org.au and you will go into the draw to win one of six family Aquatic Centre passes from City of Launceston.

Cycleteering Clues short version final

Cycleteering Answers short version final

 

TBUG supports Northern Suburbs Childrens’ Week Bike Riding promotion 

On Saturday October 23, TBUG will join forces with the Northern suburbs community centre at Dover at Mowbray to run a half day activity program involving taking care of your bike, bike gear and riding manners. BBQ after. For further info contact TBUG at contactus@tbug.org.au/

 

Ride2Work Day – Wednesday, November 10 – Free coffee and snack at Civic Square!!!

Once again TBUG will be supporting national Ride2Work Day with our now traditional free coffee and snack from the Library Cafe in Civic Square from 7:30am. All you need to do is drop in on your way to work and we will give you a little reward for taking part. This is an important day for encouraging more active transport and healthier community and a better all round environment. See you on Wednesday November 10 @Civic Square from 7:30am

To encourage you even more check out our new Riding to Work Myth Busters leaflet below

Mythbuster leaflet final draft 2021_09_26

 

Tamar Valley Cycle Challenge – Sally’s Ride – is on Sunday November 14

Its on again this year and TBUG is supporting the 10k family ride and the 25k Recreational Ride. There are also longer rides up to 100k This will be great day so register now. To register and for more info click here

 

 

 

 

TBUG initiates campaign for Northern Midlands and Meander Valley Wayfinding system –  Complete the survey below to help this campaign!

TBUG is working with Meander Valley and Northern Midlands Councils to introduce a Dutch style Junction Wayfinding system in the popular riding area bounded by Longford, Westbury, Blackwood Creek and Cressy, an area of around 700sq km. Any further questions or comments you’d like to make can be sent to contactus@tbug.org.au or call Malcolm Cowan  0417 573 991

 

 

Watch the video of the Dutch junction wayfinding system here

 

 

 

 

 

Active Transport  ideas taking back seat says TBUG

See Sunday Examiner 21 September. “Report after report but little real action over the last decade…”

active transport in CBD 2020_09_20final

 

 

TBUG is back but we must ensure that all our rides meet current COVID-19 Public Standards.

Pre Ride Riders must self-assess before attending a ride.  Do not attend a ride if you:

  • Are supposed to be in quarantine,
  • Are showing any signs or symptoms of cold, flu or respiratory distress such as , , , sore/itchy throat, or shortness of
  • If in the last 14 days you have been unwell
  • If in the last 14 days you have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or someone in quarantine or showing signs of cold, flu or respiratory distress above.

Briefing

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • 1.5m distances must be adhered to during the briefing.
  • Avoid sharing equipment.

Droplets are spread through coughing, spitting, snorting and sneezing. Every rider must take personal responsibility to others not to do spread respiratory droplets in this manner.

During the Ride

Riders can ride in pairs with a minimum 1.5 m side-by-side separation and with a minimum of 1.5m from cyclists in front.

Post Ride

  • Socialising after the ride will also be governed by Covid-19 restrictions.
  • While we are very keen to support local businesses, in-house limitations may restrict the number of people who can attend.
  • Be aware of specific restrictions applying to bike riding may apply, for example do not place , helmets etc on shared areas.

It’s great to be back but please adhere to the restrictions so that we can all enjoy a continuing relaxation of restrictions.

 

Creating a more bike friendly city and region beyond 2002 – our vision

TBUG has set out some clear affordable and practical steps for creating a more bike friendly city and region. It is our contribution to building a healthier happier and more prosperous northern Tasmania. Click here to it out.

Did You know that walking and to work makes commuters happier and more productive…read more here

 

Brilliant New Guide for Riding in Tassie.

out this great new guide for around Tasmania produced by Network Tas. It is available at RidewithGPS. There are heaps of rides posted from all over Tasmania. They range from an easy and accessible City Sights Launceston ride to a 45km journey down the back roads of Bracknell. Thanks too to the TBUG ride leaders who contributed to this terrific guide. Lots of pics and maps included.

 

 

Interested in Local Bike Tours?

For local Launceston Bike Tours contact Alison on On Your Bike Tours Click here for more info.

 

Don’t forget!!! becoming a member helps TBUG to organise more rides and supports our campaigns for improved infrastructure, safety and culture for ALL bike riders – recreational, commuter and serious riders. You can join for as little as $20…

Join Up

Sign up to the TBUG newsletter and email bulletins

To view latest TBUG newsletter click here

Our Rides and Map

TBUG Rides & Maps

TBUG organises a range of rides to all capabilities from beginners to overnight tours. Our aim is simple – to get more people around our region to experience the fun and fitness that comes with riding a bike. Click here to go to our latest rides calendar. Just hover over the date to get more information click on the date to get the full info about the ride.

Our map is a great aid in helping you cycle around Launceston. For the first time, all the off and on- bike trails and bike lanes are displayed in one simple and easy-to-read map. You can download it by clicking on the view link just below !!

PIcture courtesy of Chris Grose and On Your Bike Tours

You can also find great maps of Tasmanian Bike Touring Routes here. This is a detailed guide to the best routes across Tasmania

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Our Newsletter

If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive out newsletters and other emails regarding events please click to signup today.  Keep up to date on local news with TBUG

TBUG takes safety very seriously. We believe that bike riders just like drivers have an obligation to obey all rules and other related laws such always wearing a helmet and using lights. Responsible behaviour on the part of cyclists is a is a vital part of developing a stronger bike culture in our region.

For example TBUG has worked closely with other organisations such as Tasmania, Network and South to lobby the state government to agree that bikes can be ridden across pedestrian crossings. For further details click here

Some key rules for cyclists

You are not permitted to ride within 2 metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicle continuously for more than 200m. Riders are not permitted to be towed by another vehicle or hold onto a moving vehicle.
To be more visible on the cyclists you are allowed to ride to the front of queued traffic and ride 2 abreast. Be patient and use common sense.
Cyclists can pass on the left of traffic banked up at lights provided cars are not indicating to do a left hand turn. Stop before the same holding line or in the green box . However the law is not entirely clear so take care. Tbug has sought clarification on this issue from the state government. More information will be posted soon.
In Tasmania, cyclists are allowed to ride on the footpath, unless marked otherwise; pedestrians have the right of way and both users should keep to the left.

Interesting facts

US Research has found that running a full time light is better than no light at all. A flashing tail light is safer than a steady (always on) tail light. A steady light worn on your ankle or heel makes you even more conspicuous. Colourful (and fluorescent) clothing is fine for the torso, but even better at letting people know you’re a cyclist, is wearing fluorescent on your legs!

Specific Rides And Events

TBug organises heaps of different rides and occasional other events. them out here. Just hover over the date for extra info and click on it for full ride contact details and more!