Morrison St WALKING & CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
June 2016. Good progress has been made on widening the footpath along the waterfront, with the first stage expected to be complete in time for Dark MoFo on 10 June 2016.
Apr 2016. Work has commenced on the next stage of a widened footpath between Brooke St Pier and PW1. Work is expected to be completed by June. The works will provide more space for people to walk and cycle on the footpath, while road cyclists will have a simplified and traffic-calmed road environment with the westbound lanes being reduced from 2 to 1. See Hobart Council website for more information and to see the latest plans.
Sept 2015. At the HCC Infrastructure meeting held on 23 September the design for widened footpaths with shared space for cycling, along with traffic calmed road environment suitable for road cyclists was considered.
It is expected the first stage will commence after summer 2016 and finish in time for Dark MOFO in June 2016. The second stage will start in July 2016 and be finalised in October 2016. It is anticipated the first stage of works will be the river side of Morrison Street.
July 2015. Council has released plans for the next stage of walking and cycling improvements along the waterfront. The proposed works include widening the footpath along the water side of Morrison St to complete the last section between Brooke St pier and PW1 forecourt. This will involve the removal of 3 car parking spots and a southbound travel lane. The existing narrow footpath is woefully inadequate for the volume of pedestrian traffic and the new widened footpath area will make it possible for families to ride to Salamanca, while the traffic-calmed road environment will make it better for road cyclists moving through the area.
Council are inviting feedback from the public and it's important they hear from people who think the designs will improve this popular area.
June 2015. Work is almost complete on the shared pathway extension from Mawson Place to Brooke St Pier. The photos show the new smooth footpath alongside the buildings which replaced the badly tree-root damaged path. There is also a wider shared space to improve cycling access to Salamanca for children and other riders who are uncomfortable using the roadway.
Cycleway link to Salamanca delayedApril 2013. At the Hobart City Council Infrastructure Services Meeting on 27 March the extension of the Intercity Cycleway between Mawson Place and PW1 along Morrison St was considered. See Agenda 27 March for background information. This is an important connection which would be fully separated from motor vehicles linking the northern suburbs to Salamanca. Counts taken between 7am-9am show it to be one of the busiest cycling routes in Hobart with 151 people counted on their bikes on Morrison St in the morning peak. Adjoining landowners and tenants were consulted and ten feedback forms were received in response, of which six supported the scheme and four did not. The removal of eight car parking spots of a total of 114 spaces in the Morrison St area was the main reason for not supporting the scheme. Council officers indicate in the report that 6 additional parking spots along with 16 extra motorbike parking spots could be created to replace the 8 that would be lost for the cycleway. The Aldermen decided a further report be prepared investigating the possibility of creating further car parking on the northern side of Morrison St and removing one lane of traffic instead.
Nov 2014. Council has used bollards and paint to designate space along Castray Esplanade for walking and cycling between CSIRO and PW1. This completes another gap in the arterial walking and cycling route around the Hobart waterfront and will eventually connect to a Battery Point Foreshore Walkway. The narrowed roadway provides a lower speed environment for high intensity riders to mix with motor vehicles while the shared path space will cater for novice and child riders. Although the materials used for the pathway are low cost and temporary, the space has been preserved so the path can be incorporated into future upgrades and beautification of the area.
Before and After photos showing the changes
Zero Davey Coffee ShoP
Dec 2011. A new coffee shop under construction at Zero Davey will have a servery and doorway directly onto the cycleway which has implications for creating conflict between coffee lovers and bike riders. See Bicycle Tasmania website for more>>
Princess Wharf 2 - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Development
Nov 2010. The Development Application has been lodged and plans can be viewed on the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority website. The application will be available for inspection, and more information about the proposal can be obtained at the SCWA offices, 5 Franklin Wharf, which are open between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm, weekdays or at other times by appointment.
Waterfront Cycleway & Muirs Car Park entry crossing
Oct 2010. Works to alter the entry at Muirs car park and relocate fisherman parking has been completed.
May 2010. The Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority has indicated they will be commencing work in June to improve the waterfront area for people walking and cycling. Cycling South supports these improvements although we believe more could be done at the Muirs carpark entrance to improve the crossing location for walkers and cyclists. See the information below provided by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority which outlines the works which are expected to be completed by late August 2010.
The Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority and Tasports are working together to better manage Franklin Wharf and improve the quality of its public spaces, facilities and infrastructure. A number of safety concerns have been highlighted: especially the potential for conflict to occur between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists using the shared walk way adjacent to Davey Street, between Hunter and Morrison Streets.
The Franklin Wharf Improvements Project aims to improve the safety and amenity of this area for all users. Key actions include:
- Relocating fishing fleet car parking.
- Incorporating a new slip lane entry between Constitution and Victoria Docks.
- Improvements to waterfront walking areas
Broadening and resurfacing of the walking path along Constitution Dock, adjacent to the fish punts, making alterations to the Elizabeth Pier Service Structure to incorporate seating and shelter, as well as to allow a generous waterside walkway. New and improved seating will be installed across Franklin Wharf.
Aug 06. Work has commenced on altering the tree surrounds at Constitution Dock to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists using this popular route along Davey St that connects to the Intercity Cycleway.