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
Lots of Spring Action - Rides and important events - see below
Fantastic Membership benefits when you join buy TBUG membership & Insurance via Cycling Australia.
Check out the latest great membership benefits from Cycling Australia Insurance/TBUG membership package.You can save a lot on all bike gear and even a new car!! For more details of these and more local TBUG benefits Click here
Latest TBUG News and Updates
Active Transport ideas taking back seat says TBUG
See Sunday Examiner 21 September. “Report after report but little real action over the last decade…”
Lots of great community rides and events coming up – so you can spring into bike riding!!
Some dates for your spring riding calendar. Thursday night rides will be resuming first week of October from Royal Park…enjoy some scenic and fun rides around Launceston Trails. As well there are some major community rides coming up. TBUG has partnered with On your Bike Tours and Great Regional Cities program to run some community rides for all the family from November through to March. The first of these will be on Saturday November 7 from Royal Park. Watch this space for further details.
But wait there’s more!! This year the Junction Arts Festival Tweed Ride will be held on Saturday November 28 and the now famous Sally’s Ride on Sunday November 29. AS always there will be lots of rides of varying lengths and challenge. This year there is a new community Ride of around 25K around Launceston Trails and streets. TBUG is the key partner in this event. For more info re Sally’s Ride click here
Check the rides calendar for further details of all these rides!
TBUG AGM – Thursday October 29 from 6:00pm
Join us for the traditional free pizza at the Newstead Tennis Centre, Olive St from 6:00pm. The bar will be open of course!!.
This year’s guest will be Launceston cycling great Graeme Gilmore who will talk about his life in cycling – from biking around Invermay to the professional track cycling world of Europe.
Of course as with every AGM we will elect a new committee. Please consider making a voluntary contribution to the TBUG world. It’s fun, not too onerous and we now know that there are great personal benefits in contributing to community life!! If TBUG is to survive we need to have a strong active committee to keep the show on the road!
Please RSVP so we get an idea of how many pizzas to order! email email@example.com
How well do you know Launceston??
You may think very well, but here’s a chance to test yourself as well as friends and family with our TBUG Bicycleteering challenge. Click on the link below for the clues Find the place – give your answer using the clue. The answers are listed here too but we trust you wont cheat!!!
You may have to hunt around for some. The total route is about 6.7km. and we guess it will take about about 1½ hours. Let us know how you go by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
TBUG rides resumed on Wednesday June 10.
Its good to be back!!
Nevertheless we must ensure that all our rides meet current COVID-19 Public Health Standards.
Pre Ride Riders must self-assess before attending a ride. Do not attend a ride if you:
- Are supposed to be in quarantine,
- Are showing any signs or symptoms of cold, flu or respiratory distress such as fever, runny nose, cough, sore/itchy throat, or shortness of breath
- If in the last 14 days you have been unwell
- If in the last 14 days you have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or someone in quarantine or showing signs of cold, flu or respiratory distress above.
- Hand sanitiser will be provided.
- 5m distances must be adhered to during the briefing.
- Avoid sharing equipment.
Droplets are spread through coughing, spitting, snorting and sneezing. Every rider must take personal responsibility to others not to do spread respiratory droplets in this manner.
During the Ride
Riders can ride in pairs with a minimum 1.5 m side-by-side separation and with a minimum of 10m from cyclists in front.
- Socialising after the ride will also be governed by Covid-19 restrictions.
- While we are very keen to support local businesses, in-house limitations may restrict the number of people who can attend.
- Be aware of specific restrictions applying to bike riding may apply, for example do not place gloves, helmets etc on shared areas.
It’s great to be back but please adhere to the restrictions so that we can all enjoy a continuing relaxation of restrictions.
Creating a more bike friendly city and region beyond 2002 – our vision
TBUG has set out some clear affordable and practical steps for creating a more bike friendly city and region. It is our contribution to building a healthier happier and more prosperous northern Tasmania. Click here to check it out.
Did You know that walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive…read more here
Brilliant New Guide for Riding in Tassie.
Check out this great new guide for cycling around Tasmania produced by Bicycle Network Tas. It is available at RidewithGPS. There are heaps of rides posted from all over Tasmania. They range from an easy and accessible City Sights Launceston ride to a 45km journey down the back roads of Bracknell. Thanks too to the TBUG ride leaders who contributed to this terrific guide. Lots of pics and maps included.
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!