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
Bike Week 2018 : 4 -12 March, 2018
The Community Ride on March 4 from was a great success!! Bike Week 2018 also includes a film night, bike apps, heaps of rides for all different levels and ages from kids to veterans. Check the events page for more details or find us in the Centreway Arcade every day for the next two weeks from 10am until 2:00pm.
The best bike museum in Australia is right here in Launceston’s Zion Hill church!! They are opening up for Bike Week on Tuesday March 6 from 10am. Cost $8. A unique slice of Launceston history at Warring St, Ravenswood.
Free Zwift virtual cycling app demo on Friday March 9, from 5:30pm at the Enterprize Centre, Paterson St. You can explore and create road rides challenges social events …all at home!! Come along and try it out. You could win a 6 month subscription.
North East Rail Trail Ride, Sunday March 11. Meet at old Scottsdale Station 10:00am Click here for more info
Take the kids and the family along to the bike maze at Rupertswood Farm, Hagley. The whole family can enjoy this walk through Ritchie Porte bike themed maze. There are games and challenges for the kids …and the adults!! Open for the next 4 weekends.
You can check out our Bike Week 2018 events poster here
She Rides April 2018
She rides is designed to encourage women to gain confidence and skills in low traffic areas. The 2018 program runs for 8 weeks for 2 hours per week and is based at the Inveresk precinct in Launceston. For further info contact Alison on 0448 384 681 or visit the website
Remember 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!
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!