Sustainable Transport Strategy 2009-2014
The Council adopted a Sustainable Transport Strategy in 2010 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.
Sustainable Transport Strategy 2009 -2014
Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee provides an advisory, reference and support role to the Council on bike riding issues of relevance to the City of Hobart. The Committee is chaired by Alderman Philip Cocker and membership includes Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Alderman Helen Burnet, Alderman Anna Reynolds, Alderman Bill Harvey and representatives from State Government, University of Tasmania, RACT, Tasmania Police, Bicycle Network, Cycling South and community representatives.
The Terms of Reference are under review and the updated version will be made available once the amendments are approved by the Council early in 2017.
Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference
The Hobart City Council Principal Bicycle Network
The Principal Bicycle Network was adopted in 2008 and is a representation of the arterial routes that could be developed to improve the cycling amenity of Hobart for its residents and visitors.
Hobart 2025 Vision
The Hobart 2025 Vision which was developed through an extensive consultative process highlighted the desire of Hobart residents to see improved opportunities for alternative transport options, such as cycling, with an aspiration to create a city which is highly accessible through efficient transport options.
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.
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.