Bike lanes in Austins Ferry
Apr 2016. Linemarking is now complete on Main Road between Hilton Road and St Virgils. Fortunately Council opted for bike lanes rather than soaking up excess road space with a painted central median. The bike lanes are tight in places but with the low on-street parking demand bike riders can use the bike lane and the parking lane most of the time. The linemarking also makes crossing the road easier for pedestrians as motor vehicles now have defined travel lanes in the middle of the road away from the kerbs.
There is tweeking required to maximise the benefit of the bike lanes, in particular the section between Mason St and Austins Ferry Road which saw carparking bays prioritised over the bike lane which disappers through this section (see photo at bottom right). Cycling South made a submission to Council in March 2015 with the following comments: "The section between Mason St and Austins Ferry Rd is lacking bike lanes due to provision of parking lanes on both sides of the road. This section fails to improve conditions for vulnerable road users. The design has squeeze points which increase risk to people cycling and the disappearance of bicycle lanes forces riders to merge into the travel lane with faster moving motor vehicles. This impacts on the functionality of the road and the safety of road users."
Now that the linemarking is complete it is obvious that there is excessive number of on-street car-parking spots, particularly as there is an adjacent off-street car park. When the time comes to renew the linemarking Cycling South will be advocating for adjustments and improvements.
Feb 2016. Work has commenced installing pedestrian refuges and line marking on Main Road to improve safety and comfort of all road users between Abbotsfield Road and St Virgils College. The line marking defines space for driving and cycling and the dedicated travel lanes and bicycle lanes makes using the road more predictable, except the section between Mason St and Austins Ferry Rd where on-street car parking was favoured over a bike lane. Cycling South made a submission to Glenorchy City Council in March 2015 requesting the bike lanes be continuous and not disappear outside Roseneath Park where an off-road carpark is already provided. See background information below.
- define the travel lanes to make traffic more predictable (both motor vehicle and bicycle)
- reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians by keeping moving motor vehicles closer to the centre of the road and away from the kerbs. This also makes footpaths safer for people walking or children cycling.
- provide designated space for cycling so riders are not directly sharing road space with faster moving motor vehicles.
- help to reduce motor vehicle speeds by visually reducing the width of the roadway. Wider lanes = higher speeds.
- increased safety for drivers getting out of parked cars as motor vehicles travel a bike lane width away from their car door.
The section between Mason St and Austins Ferry Rd is lacking bike lanes due to provision of parking lanes on both sides of the road. This section fails to improve conditions for vulnerable road users. The design has squeeze points which increase risk to people cycling and the disappearance of bicycle lanes forces riders to merge into the travel lane with faster moving motor vehicles. This impacts on the functionality of the road and the safety of road users.
Providing for parking adjacent to the parkland (at the expense of kerbside bike lanes) seems excessive since there is an off-street car park that can service the adjacent playground and take-away food shops on the other side of the road. Two or three indented parking bays could be provided opposite the shop where the rose garden currently is to cater for customers while not compromising safety for people cycling on Main Road. Utilising the off-street car park by implementing on-road parking bans enables pedestrians to use the refuge for crossing the road, which also has safety benefits."
July 2011. New connection to MONA. Glenorchy Council has constructed a new crossing over the railway tracks just north of the Granada Tavern in Berriedale which provides a direct link to Berriedale Reserve and a better route for tourists visiting MONA by bike. It is an important connection which provides for touring cyclists accessing the campground, BMX riders going to the BMX track and offers a family-friendly destination with the playground and picnic facilities in the reserve. Tourists using MONA bikes or Art Bikes to visit MONA as well as Hobart residents will have an improved and safer connection from the Intercity Cycleway rather than using the Berriedale Rd exit to get to the museum.
Jun 2010. Cycleway extends to Cadburys. Glenorchy City Council has completed a 280m extenstion of the cycleway to Bilton Rd, Claremont. In addition 280m of concrete path has been constructed to Cadburys. The total cost of both projects is appoximately $400,000 with half the funding provided by the federal government, a quarter from the state government and a quarter from Glenorchy Council. The rail corridor reverts back to single track between Claremont and Granton which reduces the amount of space available for the extending the cycleway to Austins Ferry, which makes planning the next section more difficult.
Nov 2009. Glenorchy Council receives federal funding for extending cycleway. A successful application to the Federal Jobs Fund: National Bike Path Projects will see an extention of the Intercity Cycleway beyond Box Hill Rd to Bilton St, Claremont. This is a more technically difficult section to construct due to the reduction in width of the railway reserve. Council is currently preparing detailed design. Mayor Adriana Taylor says "it is terrific news to receive the $206.000 from the Federal Government which will allow Council to achieve our goals to extend the cycleway at a greater rate than would othewise have been possible".
July 2009. Intercity Cycleway to Cadburys project commences. Stage 2 of the link path to Cadbury will commence construction in July 2009. This will provide an attractive destination at the northern end of the cycleway.
Council supplies bike parking for staff
May 07. Glenorchy City Council has indicated its commitment to encouraging staff to use sustainable transport to work by installing a secure bicycle parking facility. The bike parking room is in a disused toilet block and includes hanging rails for the bikes. Staff have reported that they are very happy with the protected, undercover and secure bike parking room.