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
City of Launceston – Invermay Traffic MasterPlan –Improving traffic flow as well as cycling and pedestrian infrastucture in Invermay
City of Launceston is seeking feedback regarding this new master plan. To participate you will need to go to Your Voice/Your Launceston. Click here for link
From TBUG’s point of view we think this plan is an opportunity to improve amenity and experience for both cyclist and pedestrians in the Invermay area. Yes the main focus is vehicle traffic flows but Council have recognised that this needs to be a plan for all road users.
When giving feedback you will see that the map displays the individual components by numbers.
It will help to suggest that council makes provision for cyclists and pedestrians in proposed improvements to Forster St, Lindsay St, the western side of Gleadow St and the New Link Road.
Also suggest that all traffic lights along Goderich St (East Tamar Highway) are upgraded with the new intersection at Gleadow St to incorporate proper pedestrian AND bike lights. And that new lights proposed at Gleadow St/Invermay Rd and at Lindsay St/Invermay Rd intersections are designed in the same manner.
The development of Holbrook St and Gleadow St eastern end and the intersection with Invermay Road are planned to incorporate bike lanes and wider footpaths etc. It is important to reinforce these priorities in the feedback on those projects.
Thanks for your support on this. It is important to add your bit and encourage Council’s moves in this direction. If you have any further comments and/or questions contact us
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. The Rail Trail Run and Ride will be held on the picturesque North-East Rail Trail, between Scottsdale and the Billycock.
With distances ranging from 2km through to 56km, and options to run, ride, or both! There is an event to suit runners and riders of all experience levels. The longer distances will offer individual or team entry. The running events will be held on Saturday and Cycling on the Sunday. More details later. In the meantime contact Tess Moore 0409 912 706, Tess@moorehr.com.au for further 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…
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!