What is TBug?

TBug is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation working towards building a strong cycling community whilst increasing cycle awareness and safety in and around the Tamar region.

West Tamar Highway – Launceston to Legana – Corridor Study – Community Consultation

If you want more information for writing to State Growth regarding the current consultation on the Launceston to Legana corridor click on the link below for the full audit report on improving safety for cyclists. 

TBUG Audit West Tamar Highway

 

TBUG Vision 2019 and beyond – towards a more bike friendly city and region

 

Our priority is to get more people riding bikes across our region.

Our advocacy is targeted at existing commuter and recreational riders and the group of people who think about riding for commuter/shopper and/or for recreational/health purposes and would like to do it but are somewhat nervous about actually getting started.

 

Current research and our own small surveys as in Bike Week 2018 and 2019 indicate that the biggest barrier is the real and perceived lack of dedicated bike infrastructure and a somewhat hostile culture reflected in community priorities and the behaviours of other road users.

Our agenda aims to address these barriers through the implementation of specific achievable and affordable projects and strategies.

Making our city and region more active transport friendly would have enormous health, social and environmental benefits that would repay costs many times over.

Our agenda reflects the vision and priorities of City of Launceston’s Bike and Pedestrian Strategy, The City Heart Project /City Deal and the Gehl Report, (2004)

Five Steps towards a more bike friendly city

  1. Complete the Rocherlea/ Inveresk trail by filling in the “missing link” behind the Mowbray racecourse. A viable draft route avoiding has been developed by City of Launceston. Council has also acknowledged the need to improve health and social connectivity and outcomes in the northern suburbs and the City Deal agreement with the Federal government provides the funding context

 

2. Implement previously agreed changes to CBD traffic flow in Paterson, Charles, York and George Sts to calm traffic and promote a people/business friendly CBD. This would include wider footpaths and dedicated bike lanes and is a key element of the City Heart Project and Gehl Report. Work with City of Launceston and other stakeholders such as UTAS and City Prom to develop “Traffic Free Days/streets” in the CBD and identify sections of road that are suitable for trialing separated bike lanes such as “Copenhagen Lanes

3. Maximise bike and pedestrian potential of the new flood levees to develop commuting and recreational pathways.

Specifically:

  • Sealing Inveresk bike/pedestrian trail from Invermay Park to Vermont Road to provide a more comfortable experience and enhance links between northern suburbs, UTAS and CBD. Sealing all of Trail around Riverbend Park.
  • Developing the Riverbend/University Trail loop by joining the two trails around Tea Tree Bend and alongside Faulkner Park. This would provide a loop along the river and northern suburbs for commuters and recreational cycling/walking. 

 

4.Develop and implement an Inveresk Traffic Master plan that enables better bike and pedestrian links from CBD to Inveresk UTAS campus.

Specifically, support the development of quality bike lanes in Holbrook, Lindsay and Gleadow Sts and in the redevelopment of Tamar and Charles St Bridge intersections including bike lanterns in signalling. Investigate extending current bike/pedestrian tracks under Tamar St Bridge.

5. Support City of Launceston to take leadership role in driving internal and community cultural change for a healthy city.

Specifically, this would include but be not limited to supporting City of Launceston to: 

  • Liaise with other regional councils including West Tamar and Meander Valley to develop effective active transport links and off-road trails from Meander Valley and the Tamar Valley municipalities.
  • Work with West Tamar Council and State Growth to create a bike safe West Tamar Highway 
  • Provide part funding for an Active Transport and Promotion Officer to promote bike riding, cycling events and liaise across councils to facilitate initiatives to build a regional cultural change for a healthy city.

City of Launceston Bike & Pedestrian Committee

TBUG voice helps to build a better bike city

Making Launceston more bike friendly is the key task of the City of Launceston Pedestrian and Bike Committee, (PBC). TBUG has two seats on the PBC. This gives us an effective voice in how Launceston builds a stronger bike riding culture. Yes it is sometimes a frustratingly slow process but it provides an invaluable opportunity!!. This committee is chaired by Clr Hugh McKenzie with Clr Alan Harris as Vice Chair and includes senior council staff. The two TBUG reps are Malcolms Reid and Cowan. Follow our reports in the newsletter and/or contact us at anytime if you want anything raised.

TBUG has taken an active role in supporting PBC by providing data collection, recommendations and stakeholder feedback for bike-related projects including the Launceston Arterial Bike Route Network, bicycle parking infrastructure deployment and the development of recreational trails and commuter routes.

We are currently working with Council to update the Launceston Transportation Strategy and develop a strategic agenda for active transport infrastructure improvements over the next decade.

 

Involvement with other councils

TBUG currently has representatives  West Tamar Council’s West Tamar Highway Safety Committee and Community Safety Reference Group.

Through these areas of involvement, TBUG has been instrumental in the deployment of infrastructure by providing recommendations from cyclist perspectives and community feedback.

 

State Government

Over the last few years TBUG has worked closely with Cycling Tasmania, Bicycle Network and the Tasmanian Bicycle Council to advocate on state issues such as passing distances, improvements to major highways such as the West Tamar Highway, the North East Recreation Trail and Bicycle Tourism Strategies.

If you have any comments and/or questions about this work please contact us