The City of Hobart's Riding the Mountain plan responds to limited local riding opportunities, the growing popularity of mountain biking and puts Hobart in a position to make a strong contribution to Tasmania's mountain biking reputation.
- The new recreational mountain biking trails will benefit a wide range of users and be good for locals, tourists and local small businesses.
- Investing now in better mountain bike trails will have immediate economic benefits in the community and there will be a clear trickle-down effect among local tourism operators as Hobart boosts it mountain biking credentials to help support tourism across Tasmania.
- This work will help pull Tasmania through the COVID downturn. With half the country in lockdown, the tourism sector is doing it hard and Hobart tourism is hurting.
The project is part of broader City of Hobart plans that will see almost $1.5 million spent this financial year on track and trail works, providing work for Tasmanian trail builders.
The new trails are part of the City of Hobart's Riding the Mountain blueprint for improved mountain bike riding in the mountain's foothills.
Implementing stage one of the Riding the Mountain plan will deliver a better tourism experience – a recreational network that enables visitors to explore the mountain's natural beauty and is accessible to a wide range of riders, walkers and runners.