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Cycling and Walking

As stated in the Tasmanian Urban Passenger Transport Framework, our vision is for a safe and responsive urban passenger transport system that supports improved accessibility, liveability and health outcomes for our communities in the context of the challenges of climate change.

As part of that vision, we want to encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday journeys.  Walking and cycling for transport has social, health and environmental benefits for individuals and the community at large.

The Greater Hobart Household Travel Survey 2010 indicates that many car trips are for distances of less than 3km. There is therefore, potential to replace at least some of these car trips with more sustainable and active modes of transport, such as walking and cycling.

The Greater Hobart Household Travel Survey 2010 found that currently 20% of transport related journeys are undertaken by walking whereas only 1% of transport journeys are made by cycling. The National Cycling Participation Survey 2011 found that in a typical week 5.9% of Tasmanians rode a bike (at least once) for transport.

The Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy 2010 aims to support people to walk and cycle for transport by working with all tiers of Government and with the community to:

  • Improve infrastructure and facilities to support walking and cycling for transport.
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Create awareness that cycling and walking are viable every-day transport options.

Tasmanian Government Priorities and Focus

  • Working with local government and other stakeholders to identify high priority transport-oriented cycling routes has been a priority for DIER over the past 12 months. The routes have now been identified and DIER will now focus on how best to work in partnership with stakeholders to deliver cycling infrastructure on the routes where infrastructure does not already exists or requires upgrading.
  • Working with the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Regional Planning Initiatives to support land use patterns and local infrastructure that is conducive to walking and cycling.
  • In relation to identified high use cycling routes, working with stakeholders to investigate opportunities for creating or improving cycle infrastructure on State owned roads during road upgrades/on new infrastructure
  • Working with local government to facilitate the provision of cycling infrastructure on local roads by providing technical advice and appraising designs through the regulatory approval system.
  • Partnering with local government and not-for-profit organisations to develop neighbourhood cycling infrastructure through the: Cycling for Local Transport Local Infrastructure Development Fund.
  • Working with the community and local government to achieve safer travel speeds on rural roads and in shared urban spaces, including the: Safer Travel Speeds in Shared Urban Spaces Funding Program
  • Algona Road Roundabout - Green Cycle Lanes

Principal Urban Cycling Networks

DIER, together with local government representatives, cycling advocacy groups and other community based organisations have undertaken a process to identify the highest priority transport oriented cycling routes in Launceston, Hobart and Devonport/Burnie. Maps of the Principal Urban Cycling Networks are below. It should be noted that whilst cycle infrastructure exists on some routes, it is yet to be developed on others. In some cases the precise route to be followed has not been finalised, and it will not be possible to do this until some initial feasibility, concept, planning and design work has been completed.

Road Rules for cyclists and pedestrians

Cycleway Directional Signage Resource Manual

As part of the Cycling for Active Transport Strategy 2010, DIER has developed a 'Cycle Route Directional Signage Resource Manual'. The manual is a resource for cycle infrastructure owners to utilise when developing and implementing signage for cycleways and the on-road environment.

  • Phase One of the manual focused on signage used on off-road cycleways.
  • Phase Two has now been completed, and the manual updated to include signage for cycle lanes and quiet streets that form part of cycle networks.
  • Phase Three will look at signage for parks and recreational areas.

If you wish to provide any feedback, please contact Janine Pearson on (03) 6233 5170 or


Some councils have published maps of their walking and cycling facilities on their websites, or have produced brochures or maps to assist people to access the facilities. Contact your local council for details or visit their website. Cycling South has useful links to bike maps especially in the southern region.

Bicycle Education

  • Cycling South provides regular training programs for adults and its website includes links to a number of other providers.
  • Austcycle is a 'train the trainer' program for cycle training providers. If you are interested in gaining a qualification focused on teaching beginners to ride safely, the Austcycle Website contains details of their program.

Regional Cycling Network Plans

Other Useful Links

Cycling Advocacy Groups