Hobart Active Travel Committee

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"We are a city where everyone has effective, safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly ways to move and connect, with people, information and goods, and to and through spaces and the natural environment." - Capital City Strategic Plan, Pillar 5: Movement and connectivity

Moving around Hobart by walking and cycling needs planning and investment so that the values of the city can be showcased. We embrace opportunities to use innovative technologies to support and manage transport networks and improve travel experiences. To do this we collaborate with external experts, partners and community members to help us to share our successes and understand future opportunities.

The Hobart Active Travel Committee seeks to explore what is possible and where future investment is needed. Our commitment is to work with industry partners and the community to deliver walking and cycling networks for Hobart which are affordable and healthy. We know that if we invest well in sustainable travel networks, we can make sure that our city provides sustainable travel choices for Hobart for generations to come.

Key projects which the Committee is advising upon include:

  • Strategic network planning including development and review of the Hobart Primary Walking and Cycling Network Plans
  • Active Travel data assembly and analytics
  • Capital works projects design and risk review
  • Industry networking
  • Expert and community advisory on policy issues.

What is the Hobart Active Travel Committee?

The Hobart Active Travel Committee provides an advisory, reference and support role to the Council on active movement and transport within the City of Hobart, and specifically issues of relevance to people that ride and people that walk in the City of Hobart.

What is the objective of the Committee?

The specific objectives of the Committee are to:

  • provide a forum where experience, specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of riding and walking can be exchanged and discussed
  • facilitate project development and outcomes in conjunction with the City of Hobart and other organisations (for example the Department of State Growth, Tasmania Police, riding and walking related groups and other key stakeholders)
  • discuss and share relevant information to assist the consideration and resolution of agenda items
  • consider any issues of concern to people that ride and people that walk including road safety, road/cycleway/footpath maintenance and other in conjunction with the concerns of stakeholders and other road users
  • make riding and walking safe, accessible and viable daily transport options in Hobart
  • encourage more Hobart residents and visitors to ride and walk
  • facilitate the development of quality bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the Hobart area
  • develop and periodically review the Hobart Bike Plan for endorsement by the City of Hobart
  • develop and periodically review the Hobart Walking Plan for endorsement by the City of Hobart
  • provide guidance and advice on projects that relate to people that ride and people that walk in the city
  • assist the City of Hobart determine priorities in funding to improve Active Travel in Hobart
  • act as a key discussion place for issues relating to the University of Tasmania (UTAS) students and staff and their movements around the city.

The Committee is an advisory body. The City of Hobart will note matters raised by its members but is not obliged to act on them.

What is the role of the Committee?

 The principal roles of the Committee are to:

  • advise the City of Hobart on issues related to people that walk and people that ride
  • assist the City in communicating and engaging with bike riding and walking organisations and with all people that ride and walk
  • provide comment on proposed on road and off road projects which affect people that ride and people that walk
  • share information relating to riding and walking
  • review the City of Hobart’s annual road capital works program to identify any opportunities to improve access for people that ride and people that walk.

Who is on the Committee?

The membership composition of the Committee shall be:

  • a minimum of two Elected Members – as nominated by the Hobart City Council with one Elected Member to be appointed as the Chairman
  • a minimum of two City of Hobart officers – as nominated by the General Manager
  • a representative from Cycling South Inc
  • a representative from Bicycle Network Tasmania
  • a representative from key State Government agencies (Department of State Growth and Tasmania Police)
  • a representative from the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT)
  • two representatives from UTAS
  • a representative from the Heart Foundation
  • up to three representatives from the community or other bicycle related groups, with Nominations to be sought by a public Expression of Interest process, with the final number to be appointed at the discretion of the Council
  • up to two community member representing the interests of people that walk, with nominations to be sought by a public Expression of Interest process.


FAQs

Can I contact members directly with concerns, feedback or items I would like discussed?

To contact the Hobart Active Travel Committee, please email your inquiry to coh@hobartcity.com.au.

Can I be a committee member?

Vacancies for community members are advertised in The Mercury and the Cycling South website/newsletter and are constructed according to a range of needs in committee representation including Elected Members, representatives from the Tasmanian Government, University of Tasmania, Peak industry bodies in walking and cycling, Council officers and community representatives.

Can I attend a committee meeting?

Hobart Active Travel Committee meetings are not open to the public. Observers are welcome to attend the meeting at the discretion of the Chairman.

When are committee meetings?

Meetings are bi-monthly. The 2021 meeting dates are: 2 February 2021, 13 April 2021, 1 June 2021, 3 August 2021, 5 October 2021, 7 December 2021.

Can I get involved?

To contact the Hobart Active Travel Committee, please email your inquiry to coh@hobartcity.com.au.

Contact

To contact the Hobart Active Travel Committee, please email your inquiry to coh@hobartcity.com.au.