Sustainable Transport Strategy 2009-2014
At its meeting on Monday 14th December 2009, Council adopted in-principle a Sustainable Transport Strategy which outlines a raft of new transport arrangements for the City and the region. This strategy outlines a vision for the future transport sustainability of urban Greater Hobart and beyond.
The Sustainable Transport Strategy has been undertaken by the Council and builds on the original draft Strategy released for public consultation in 2008. This revamped Strategy details the actions Hobart City Council will undertake in its municipal area and suggests the key elements for high quality seamless public transport services for the greater Hobart area.
Included in the Strategy document is a "Visualising the Strategy" section which shows the layering of other projects, plans and strategies the Council has adopted or is currently pursuing in order to realise the aims of the Strategy. This takes the approach of creating of a vibrant, viable and sustainable capital city for the 21st century.
The Council welcomes public comment on the document and will be running public dispalys at the Hobart Council Centre along with special manned displays at Mawson Place in the Waterside Pavilion during January and February. Feedback forms will be available shortly on Councils website and at the display. The timing for the public display in the Waterside Pavilion will be advised on the Council website and The Mercury Newspaper closer to the date.
Sustainable Transport Strategy 2009 -2014
Hobart Inner City Development Plan
Following an extensive tender process, the Hobart City Council has selected internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer, Jan Gehl and his team from Copenhagen to undertake an Inner City Development Plan for Hobart.
Work will commence in January 2010 on an Inner City Development Plan subtitled, "A City with People in Mind", focussing on improving the overall levels of people movement, people activity and amenity within the inner city and the waterfront.
A central feature of the Plan's development will involve close collaboration with the University of Tasmania.
Further information about the project is available: Hobart Inner City Development Plan. Media Release - Hobart Inner City Development Plan.
The draft Principal Bicycle Network is now available for comment.
Hobart 2025 Vision
The Hobart 2025 Vision recently developed through an extensive consultative process has highlighted the desire of Hobart residents to see improved opportunities for alternative transport options, such as cycling.
Bicycles: Gold Standard Urban Transport
The bicycle, as a vehicle in urban areas is unparalleled. It is a flexible, convenient, low energy, low cost form of transport. Bicycles are available to virtually all age groups and with modern technology can be equipped with a small motor to assist with hills. Bicycles are especially suited to trips of less than 5km; a rider of average fitness readily achieves longer trips of up to 20km. In Hobart, virtually all our residential areas lie within a 5km radius of the Central Business District.
Cyclists Are Legitimate Road Users
Whilst cyclists are recognised as legitimate road users under Australian road rules and have a right to use virtually the entire road system, the development of cycling paths both on and off road assists in creating a safer cycling environment for riders.
In an ideal world cyclists would have separate facilities linking our residences, community facilities and workplaces, but our development of suburbs based on car transport has produced a situation whereby few towns are equipped with such networks.
21st Century Challenges
The challenge for communities in an age where traffic congestion, rising fuel prices and warnings of impending fuel supply constraints, along with calls to limit our emissions of CO2, is to provide additional sustainable transport options to address the identified issues.
Hobart City Council Bicycle Advisory Committee
The provision of improved facilities for cycling in Hobart is an objective of the Hobart City Council Bicycle Advisory Committee. The Draft Principal Bicycle Network is a representation of the arterial routes that could be developed to improve the cycling amenity of Hobart for its residents and visitors.
The Aim of the Principal Bicycle Network is in line with the Hobart 2025 Vision to create a city that is:
"Highly accessible through efficient transport options."
Improved Cycling Facilities
The Draft Principal Bicycle Network has been identified by the Hobart City Council Bicycle Advisory Committee to assist Council in providing improved cycling facilities for Hobart residents and visitors.
Arterial Routes First
The intention of the Draft Principal Bicycle Network is to identify the arterial corridors, or the initial 'spine" routes for cyclists that cater for commuting, recreational and training cyclists.
Longer Term Plans
The intention has not been to identify every street or area where cycling paths and facilities could be located. After the Principal Bicycle Network has been established the aim of the Hobart City Council Bicycle Advisory Committee will be to identify a local bicycle network within suburbs to further enhance safer cycling options.
Building a Network
Some elements of a cycling network already exist such as the intercity cycleway and the South Hobart Rivulet track. There has been continuing development of recreational cycling trails within Wellington Park.
The City of Hobart has only limited opportunities to create off-road cycling paths to connect the residential areas of Hobart.
In order to create a network of arterial cycling facilities, on-road cycling paths will be required to provide a higher level of safety and amenity for all road users.
On-road cycling facilities are recognised by the Australian road rules and the Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice Part 14 - Bicycles, guides their design and installation.
The Hobart City Council will, over time, develop concept designs and undertake individual consultation with stakeholders for all the identified arterial routes to ensure that a balanced outcome is achieved for all.
Your Comments / Feedback
We value your comments and feedback on the proposed draft Principal Bicycle Network. If you would like to provide comments, please either:
Email : email@example.com (Attention to Stuart Baird)
Post : Sustainable Transport Officer, Hobart City Council, GPO Box 503 Hobart 7001
Telephone : Sustainable Transport Officer, Stuart Baird (03) 6238 2194
In person : Feedback forms are available at Council's Customer Service Centre at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Davey Street