Sustainable transport planning

The challenge for communities in an age of traffic congestion, rising fuel prices and warnings of fuel supply constraints, along with calls to limit our carbon dioxide emissions, is to provide additional sustainable transport options to address the identified issues.

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 bike riding, with an aspiration to create a city that is highly accessible through efficient transport options.

Bicycle riding in Hobart

Ideally bike riders would have separate facilities linking our residences, community facilities and workplaces. Unfortunately, our development of suburbs based on car transport means few towns have those networks. 

Some elements of a bike riding 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 will, over time, develop concept designs and undertake individual consultation with stakeholders for the identified arterial routes to ensure that a balanced outcome is achieved for all. 

Bike riders are legitimate road users

Whilst bike riders are recognised as legitimate road users under Australian road rules and have a right to use virtually the entire road system, the development of bike riding paths both on and off road assists in creating a safer environment for bike riders. 

Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee 

The Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee provides advice, reference and support services to the City of Hobart on bike riding issues. The committee is chaired by Alderman Philip Cocker and members include Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Alderman Helen Burnet, Alderman Anna Reynolds, Alderman Bill Harvey and representatives from the State Government, University of Tasmania, RACT, Tasmania Police, Bicycle Network, Cycling South and community representatives. 

The Terms of Reference have recently been reviewed and were endorsed by the Council on 5 March 2017. 

Hobart Bicycle Advisory Committee – Terms of Reference(PDF, 933KB) 

The Hobart City Council Principal Bicycle Network

The 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. 

View a map of the Principal Bicycle Network(PDF, 1MB)