Nov 2022. As part of a road upgrade on Giblin St, New Town, City of Hobart has installed an uphill bike lane adjacent to low turnover residential car parking by shifting the centre median over slightly. Giblin St is an important connector between Lenah Valley Road and Forster St/Risdon Road. This is an example of the positive provisioning policy at work, where opportunities to make improvements for cycling as part of general road projects are considered. Unfortunately Pedder St has a barrier that prevents riders from easily accessing Giblin St or Forster St but it was outside the scope of the project. A request has been made to City of Hobart to design and construct a cycling connection at the end of Pedder St which is a quiet local street bike route.
October 2022. New local street directional cycling signage has been installed on preferred cycling routes in New Town. The signage provides guidance between the Intercity Cycleway at Bay St/New Town Nursury, shops on New Town Road, North Hobart via Pirie St and Maypole corner at Risdon Road.
May 2020. City of Hobart completed works to improve pedestrian movement along New Town Road at Pirie St by installing raised pedestrian crossings and incorporated an uphill bike lane between Pirie St and Argyle St. Pirie St is a back route that allows riders to avoid busy New Town Road.
March 2018. City of Hobart is undertaking community consultation on the New Town Retail Precinct, with the aim of creating a more inviting area to shop and visit. Council has prepared streetscape concept plans for improving pedestrian crossings and street appeal in the retail precinct and would like your feedback before 13 April. Improved pedestrian refuges at Woollies, Cross St and Roope St will help people cycling between the Intercity Cycleway and the western side of New Town to cross the road.
On New Town Road, the refuge designs incorporate short lengths of uphill bike lanes to eliminate 'pinch points' but there is potential to extend an uphill bike lane the entire length of New Town Road between Risdon Road and Argyle St, as identified in the CDM report prepared for Council. The current concept plans do not include uphill bike lanes.
To view a copy of the plans see City of Hobart website. In your feedback you may wish to let Council know the routes you use to walk or cycle through New Town, the sections you avoid and why and what you think could be done to improve things.