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
Check out our Bike Week 2019 events below
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Bike Week 2019 March 3 – March 10
We launched Bike Week 2019 with our great St Lukes Health Community Ride on Sunday, March 3. A big turn out made for a wonderful day….lots of happy people from across the community …not a so called elitist cyclist in sight!!
The BMX workshop was a hit with those youngsters there whilst the Bike Maintenance workshop is booked out
There are a few tickets left for free public forum on Wednesday March 6 with the theme Looking to the Future – Creating a more Prosperous and Vibrant CBD. With great speakers from UTAS, Cityprom, City of Launceston and Bicycle Network this promises to be a relevant and crucial discussion. Enterprize Centre Paterson St from 5:30pm. Book here
Don’t miss our first Bike Week night ride Ride2Night. We leave QVMAG carpark, Inveresk at 7:00pm on Friday March 8. This is your chance to bling up your bike and show off your lights. We want to build a real flash mob.
And just when you thought Bike Week was dead and buried we are running a history ride around Launceston’s old cemeteries. This leaves Royal Park on Sunday March 10 with Marion
For full details of all Bike Week events 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!