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
Join in the TBUG community rides as part of Tamar Valley Peace Festival and the Junction Festival Tweed Ride
For more info on these rides click here
Latest TBUG News Headlines
Great TBUG community and family rides coming up late winter and spring
TBUG Ride for Peace on Saturday August 10 from 11.30.
Rail Trail Run and Ride from Scottsdale Saturday and Sunday August 17 and 18!!
The Rail Trail Run and Ride is a brilliant event on August 16 and 17 from Scottsdale….great opportunity to get out and active, as well as show some support for the community and the North East Trail. Lots of different distances for all levels. For more details click here Do yourself a favour register Now!!…
Junction Arts Festival Tweed Ride, Sunday September 8
Sally’s Ride 2019
Sallys Ride is on Sunday December 1this year. It will include the St Lukes/TBUG family ride. A great chance to get out on the bike with the kids and all your family and friends. More Details later
Did You know that walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive…read more here
Electric Bike Expo coming to Launceston October 27 2019.
Bicycle Network, UTAS and TBUG are working together to present this fabulous expo on everything to do with e-bikes. An e-bike can make riding around our hills so much easier and be a simple way to change your life for the better. See you there at UTAS Inveresk Campus on Sunday October 27 from 10:00am. More details later
Latest discounts for TBUG supporters
Breathe Velo are a local producer of fine merino cycling tops. Long sleeves tops are to come. The range is made from Australian merino wool in Spreyton. Contact Mark for orders and mention TBUG for a 10% discount. For further details 0403 773 145.
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!!
For more details and full range of TBUG member benefits click here
Bike South Australia 2019 Annual Tour
This years event will be from the 21 -29 September around the magnificent Eyre Peninsula. If you are interested in registering or just want more info go to our events page – 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
To view pictures from the Community Ride and Night Ride go to our gallery page click 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…
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
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!