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
View the photos from the Bike Week 2019 Community and Night Rides
To view photos click here
Latest TBUG news headlines
CBD Cafe discount for TBUG supporters
Bike Riders love coffee!! And the Roasted Coffee House at 99a St John St is offering all TBUG members and supporters a 10% discount on all purchases. Just drop in anytime and tell the friendly staff you are a TBUGer. The top secret code is the password BIKEFUN!!
They serve great coffee, tea, chai latte and hot chocolate together with unique locally made treats. You can also buy all your freshly roasted beans from around the world for use at home. All beans are organic and fair trade
The Roasted Coffee House is open 7 days at present from 7:00am until 3:30pm Monday to Friday. 8:30 to 1:30 Saturday and 9:30 to 1 on Sundays.
For full range of TBUG member benefits click here
TBUG hands on at Riverbend Park
TBUG Presidents current and past, Malcolms Reid and Cowan have joined many other community members in having their hand prints placed on the new mural that forms part of the exciting new Riverbend Park. A big thanks to local artists Judith-Rose and Annette
This park, due to be open in June will be a fantastic addition to Launceston’s network of parks and walking/bike trails.l
Bike Week 2019 March 3 – March 10
Bike Week 2019 was a great success with over 400 people attending our events and/or dropping into the pop up shop!!
Starting with the St Lukes Health Community Ride and ending with the fabulous night rides and history rides, the week was full of action.
The BMX workshop, CBD Public Forum, kid’s story time rides and film night were all exciting and well supported.
Thanks again to all who attended and to all our supporters especially City of Launceston and St Lukes Health.
To view pictures from the Community Ride and Night Ride go to our gallery page click here
Latest TBUG Newsletter – click here for January 2019 issue
Interested in Local Bike Tours?
For local Launceston Bike Tours contact Alison on On Your Bike Tours Click here for more info.
New Faces on TBUG Committee
Four new faces were elected onto the TBUG committee at the September AGM. They are Ian Howard who was elected as Vice President, Cecily Graham, Jill Basnett and Paul Chisholm. More about the new committee will be published soon. For the full 2018/19 committee list click here
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…
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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
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!