The Sandy Bay Walking and Cycling project is an integral part of Council's vision to achieve sustainable transport outcomes and make Hobart a more liveable and people-friendly city.
The Council has developed a Principal Bicycle Network in line with its desire to create a city that is highly accessible for all modes of transport
During 2008-2009 the Hobart City Council commenced a project to develop concept options for the construction of a walking and cycling route from Marieville Esplanade to Sandy Bay Road and through to the southern municipal boundary at Cartwright Reserve (Taroona).
Sandy Bay Road is a key part of the Council's Principal Bicycle Network as it links important recreational facilities such as Sandown Park and Sandy Bay beaches, a number of schools, the UTAS Sandy Bay campus and residential areas.
This project can achieve some significant outcomes if it offers increased opportunities to encourage cycling as both a mode of transport and as a recreational activity.
The walking and cycling concept for this project is based primarily on serving the needs of commuter and recreational walkers and cyclists through Sandy Bay and Lower Sandy Bay. Safe and direct access to key activity centres is the major focus, followed by access to popular recreational sites.
On 11 June 2013, the Council resolved to proceed with on-road painted bike lanes for Sandy Bay Road, between Derwentwater Avenue and Long Point Road with a widened footpath to be provided for pedestrians and cyclists on the eastern side of Sandy Bay Road between Marieville Esplanade and Derwentwater Avenue.
Sandy Bay Cycling and Walking Project Report 11 June 2013
Stage one of the project, with on-road painted bike lanes on each side of Sandy Bay Road, between Derwentwater Avenue and Long Point Road and is planned for completion by the end of February 2014.
The project will also incorporate road surface improvements and changes to pedestrian refuges on Sandy Bay Road to ensure safe and convenient crossing points. This work commenced in November 2013, in preparation for the painting of the bike lanes in early 2014.
The project will coincide with a request to the State Government to extend the existing 50km/h speed limit from Nelson Road to Long Point Road.
Sandy Bay Road, south of Drysdale Place to Maning Avenue will become a single lane in each direction to ensure adequate space for parking and traffic and cycling lanes, which means that there will no longer be a need for south bound traffic to merge at Maning Avenue.
Some bus stops will be relocated by a few metres to facilitate the retention of as many on street parking spaces as practicable, although some parking spaces will be removed to ensure that there is enough space for cyclists and motorists to share the road.
The City recognises the needs of residents, businesses, pedestrians and other road users in managing this valuable community resource and thanks all residents and users of Sandy Bay Road for their patience while the project is underway.
The City also acknowledges the support of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program for providing the funding for this stage of the project.
Where to from here
The next stage of the project will be a widened footpath to be provided for pedestrians and cyclists on the eastern side of Sandy Bay Road between Marieville Esplanade and Derwentwater Avenue.
Future stages of the project would extend the on road painted bike lanes from Long Point Road to the City’s southern boundary at Cartwright Reserve. This is subject to Council approval, funding and approval by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.
Engineering Safety Assessment
Specialist consultants have been involved with the project to ensure that the final design provides a safe route for cyclists as well as other road users and residents.
For more information, please contact the Director Parks and Customer Services, Roger Viney on (03) 6238 2888 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director Infrastructure Services, Mark Painter on (03) 6238 2164 or email@example.com