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 check out the details on the rides page.
Photo courtesy of Chris Grose and On Your Bike Tours
Our Rides and Cycling Map
TBUG Rides & Cycling Maps
TBUG organises a range of rides to suit 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-road bike trails and bike lanes are displayed in one simple and easy-to-read map. Get yours today at the Aquatic Centre, Town Hall, Visitor Information Centre, QVMAG, and all the local bike shops. Or you can download it by clicking on the view link just below !!. Thanks to the City of Launceston for their continuing support for this intitiative .
PIcture courtesy of Chris Grose and On Your Bike Tours
Latest TBUG news headlines ....and joining up
Five things that would make Launceston healthier, wealthier and happier
TBUG has long campaigned for a more bike and people friendly city. The evidence is now on our side. Making more room for bikes and pedestrians is not only better for our health and the environment but is much better for business. Once people get out of cars and walk or ride around they they spend more – its as simple as that. TBUG has identified 5 key projects to help that happen. With council elections coming up this year think about them when you vote. Go to our advocacy page for more details
June 2018 – New Guide for Riding in Tassie.
Check out this great new guide for cycling around Tasmania produced by Bicycle Network Tas. It is available at RidewithGPS. There are 11 rides posted form 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.
They are mostly on paths, lanes and quiet roads and we welcome your suggestions for additional rides to add.
New Bike Lanes Between Breadalbane and Perth
Recently some people have expressed frustration with the finish of these new lanes especially at the Perth end. Well the good news is that State Growth have confirmed that they intend to improve these lanes and extend them right into Perth as part of the Perth by-pass project. This work is expected to start next year. For the latest info follow this link to the Bicycle Network Newsroom.
North East Rail Trail Run and Ride, 18 – 19 August, 2018
An exciting event is joining the Tasmanian calendar on the 18 – 19 August 2018. For full details go to our events page
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 road riders. You can join for as little as $20…
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 cycling news with TBUG
TBUG takes road safety very seriously. We believe that bike riders just like drivers have an obligation to obey all road 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 Cycling Tasmania, Bicycle Network and Cycling South to lobby the state government to agree that bikes can be ridden across pedestrian crossings. For further details click here
Some key road 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 road 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.
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!