Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Tasmanians are encouraged to take advantage of Bike Week to enjoy the health and recreational benefits of cycling.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government supports and promotes cycling for sport, recreation and commuting through a number of programs aimed at improving bicycle facilities.
Through our $1.5 million upgrade to the West Tamar Highway, we have made cycling between Launceston and Legana much safer and easier.
This recently completed project along an approximate 10-kilometre section of the highway includes improved surfaces, increased space on road shoulders, line marking adjustments, warning signs, and head start boxes at some signal-controlled intersections.
The Government is also working with the Bicycle Network and local councils around the state to develop a $6 million program of new cycle paths, linking local cycling routes with state-owned cycling infrastructure.
The improved cycling facilities are promoting active transport, which provides health and environmental benefits and helps reduce congestion by providing an alternative to motor vehicle use.
Importantly, we are taking a more wholesome approach with the development of major new transport infrastructure across Tasmania, which includes providing for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
Improving the shared pathways across the Tasman Bridge, for example, is an important part of the jointly funded state and federal project, which will benefit both motorists and cyclists for generations.
Pedestrian and cyclist safety has also been incorporated into the new $576 million Bridgewater Bridge project, with the new bridge to include a three-metre-wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
Bike Week runs from March 7 to 14, and is coordinated by the Tasmanian Bicycle Council.