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

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 … costs nothing and you are always welcome. Check out the rides page

Update :TBUG Rides postponed due to COVID - 19 Virus. Full Statement below


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

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

Latest TBUG News and Updates




If you haven’t noticed, these are interesting and rapidly changing times. As the world grapples with how best to soften the impacts on our health systems of COVID 19, governments are constantly updating their advice on how best to do so. In light of this, TBUG has made the difficult decision to postpone its roster of organised group rides until it is again deemed safe to continue.

Bike riding remains a safe, cheap and healthy method of transport and we encourage you to continue because life is better on a bike. The risk of close contact involved in preparing for and conducting large group rides however, is felt to be unwise at this time. 

Rest assured, as soon as things begin to approach normal, social rides will be back with renewed vigor.

Be safe, be nice to each other.

Ian Howard,

TBUG president.



Bike Week 2020 from Sunday March 1- 8. Life’s Better on a bike!

A great week this year with well attended events. Lots of pics published soon on our gallery page





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 check it out.


Sally’s Ride 2019 Wet, Wild yet still wonderful!!

TBUG and St Luke’s Health supported Sally’s Ride Family and Communtiy rides this year. Yes it was not a great day weather wise but the turnout was great and TBUG members did a great job in supporting and leading all the riders around the course. See you all next year …hopefully in the summer sun!!!


TBUG Community Ride leaders






What about a new TBUG summer riding top for Xmas??

Now available are the new look summer TBUG tops locally designed in high viz and embroidered with tasteful TBUG and St Lukes logos.
Sizes 10,12 and 14 for women and medium large and extra large for men. Just the thing for looking good on the bike this season!!
Price $40 for members $50 non-members. Make a bank transfer to TBUG, Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 A/C No 137 590626. Reference: Your name jersey. Please email your required size, full name and contact details to to arrange pickup etc.


Great fun Rides during Junction Arts Festival  Open House Ride and Tweed Ride.

Great fun for all on these rides

Dressed up and on a high!





waiting for the starting bell

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



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 road 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 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. 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


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 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.

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. Check them out here. Just hover over the date for extra info and click on it for full ride contact details and more!