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.

How to make Launceston a  healthier, wealthier and happier city

 

  1. Complete the Rocherlea/ Inveresk trail by filling in the missing link behind the Mowbray Racecourse. This would provide a single link from the northern suburbs to the CBD and would be a tremendous boost for health outcomes in the northern suburbs. It would make riding/walking into the CBD a realistic option for many people. A great and affordable investment in preventative health  In the medium term implement bike route signage around Mowbray streets to link Vermont Rd with Dover Village.
  2. Implement previously agreed changes to CBD traffic flow to calm traffic and promote people friendly city centre. This was a key element of the original City Heart vision and involves Paterson, Charles, York and George Sts.
  3. Maximising bike and pedestrian potential of new flood levees to develop commuting and recreational pathways. Specifically sealing Inveresk bike/pedestrian trail from Invermay Park to Vermont Road to enhance links between northern suburb UTAS and CBD
  4. Developing better Bike and Pedestrian links from CBD to Inveresk. Specifically, improving of Tamar and Charles St Bridge intersections.
  5. Establish a dedicated fund to help maintain and consolidate   bike and pedestrian infrastructure across the city. This fund – we suggest $50,000 annually – would enable small scale more operational improvements to be regularly implemented and would demonstrate a real commitment to helping meet to the goals of the Bike and Pedestrian Strategies unanimously adopted by Council in 2017.

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 Ald Hugh McKenzie and also involves Ald Karina Stojansek as well as 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.

May 2018 – City of Launceston – Invermay Traffic MasterPlan –Improving traffic flow as well as cycling and pedestrian infrastucture in Invermay

City of Launceston is seeking feedback regarding this new master plan. To participate you will need to go to Your Voice/Your Launceston. Click here for link

From TBUG’s point of view we think this plan is an opportunity to improve amenity and experience for both cyclist and pedestrians in the Invermay area. Yes the main focus is vehicle traffic flows but Council have recognised that this needs to be a plan for all road users. For further information go to our advocacy page

When giving feedback you will see that the map displays the individual components by numbers.

It will help to suggest that council makes provision for cyclists and pedestrians in proposed improvements to Forster St, Lindsay St, the western side of Gleadow St and the New Link Road.

Also suggest that all traffic lights along  Goderich St (East Tamar Highway) are upgraded with the new intersection at Gleadow St to incorporate proper pedestrian AND bike lights. And that new lights proposed at Gleadow St/Invermay Rd and at Lindsay St/Invermay Rd intersections are designed in the same manner.

The development of Holbrook St and Gleadow St eastern end and the intersection with Invermay Road are planned to incorporate bike lanes and wider footpaths etc. It is important to reinforce these priorities in the feedback on those projects.

Thanks for your support on this. It is important to add your bit and encourage Council’s moves in this direction. If you have any further comments and/or questions contact us

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