State Bike Week 2013

posted 1 Mar 2013, 01:42 by Mark Parssey   [ updated 1 Mar 2013, 01:47 ]

It's only a week to go to this year's State Bike Week.

There's a wonderful number and variety of events, family rides, Tour de Femme, century ride, ..., for the full calendar of events go to

2012 Annual General Meeting

posted 19 Nov 2012, 20:07 by Mark Parssey   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 20:17 ]

The Tasmanian Bicycle Council AGM will be held on Sunday 2 December at 2pm in Hobart (venue to be confirmed but likely to be the New Sydney Hotel in Bathurst St). 

The minutes of the 2011 AGM are on the Resources page.

Positions on the Committee of Management are up for re-election (Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer). To nominate you can send an email to me (Mary - Public Officer) at . The relevant section from the Rules of Incorporation is listed below.


Hopefully we'll see you there.



Mary McParland

Secretary - TBC


1.                   Election to the Management Committee

1.1.              Nominations of candidates for election as officers of Tasmanian Bicycle Council Inc or as ordinary Management Committee members are to be:

1.1.1.         Made in writing by the candidate

1.1.2.         Delivered to the Public Officer of Tasmanian Bicycle Council Inc at least seven days before the date fixed for the holding of the Annual General Meeting.

1.2.              If insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the Management Committee:

1.2.1.         The candidates nominated are considered to be elected; and

1.2.2.         Further nominations are to be received at the Annual General Meeting.

1.3.              If the number of nominations received is equal to the number of vacancies to be filled, the persons nominated are considered to be elected.

1.4.              If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot is to be held.

1.5.              A ballot for the election of the officers and ordinary Management Committee members is to be conducted at the Annual General Meeting, and shall be secret and under the supervision of two scrutineers appointed by the Chairperson from the members present.


Why Ride winners announced - 8 Dec 2011

posted 1 Apr 2012, 21:29 by Mark Parssey   [ updated 1 Apr 2012, 21:35 ]

The Why Ride competition is closed and the winners have been announced. In a strange twist of fate, the bicycle rider winner, Asta Binnie, was announced by Rik Goddard on ABC radio just minutes after one of her own tracks had been played on that station.  She received her $1000 prize earlier this week at BikeRide. Annie Rouse, of South Launceston, won the walking prize donated by The Jolly Swagman, and  Cameron Ward of Glenorchy won the bussing prize donated by Metro.


Prize Winner Asta Binnie will be in attendance to receive her prize today at BikeRide – 74a Liverpool Street, Hobart
The winners in the Why Ride competition received their prizes today from Bicycle Tasmania President Jeff Dunn and competition prize sponsors BikeRide and The Jolly Swagman.
The Why Ride Campaign has featured “On Bus” advertisements, an interactive website, and competition awareness activities in Hobart Launceston and Burnie.
The aim of the campaign has been to showcase the active transport modes of riding a bicycle, walking or catching a bus. The bus advertisements featured ordinary Tasmanian’s with their reasons. Over the past 3 months the Why Ride website has seen Tasmanian’s tell us why they ride a bicycle, walk or catch the bus for their journeys.
Bicycle Tasmania President Jeff Dunn said:
“In order to start the process of cultural change in Tasmania and have everyone understand that bicycle riding, walking and public transport are legitimate forms of transport we think it helps to have real Tasmanian’s telling their stories.”
“Some of the responses were short and pithy, some are fantastically involved – but all reinforce the fact that we can all make journeys on a bicycle, by walking or by catching a bus and that those journeys are fun and enjoyable. The campaign is also very much about breaking down the stereotypes about bicycle riders, walkers and bus riders. We think the responses to the profile page really highlight that it’s Frank’s sister – riding a bike, Helen’s husband walking to the shop or Dave catching the bus to work.”
Jeff concluded by thanking all the competition entrants the sponsors and wished all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
Bicycle Riding – A $1,000 gift voucher from BikeRide.
Name: Asta Binnie

Asta’s Reason:
I ride my bike to feel invigorated and creatively inspired - to feel the burning sensation when going up a hill. Every single day I ride my bike. Why? Because I live in a country where good quality bikes are made, where the roads are mostly smooth as a baby’s bum, where pollution is well maintained and the fact that it only takes 10 minutes to get anywhere in Tasmania. I ride my self-spraypainted-broken gear-constantly-semi-flat tire bike because I love the cool air on my face after going to a hot yoga session, the fact I can get away with hanging copious amounts of groceries on the handle bars and still be able to ride it without asking mum to pick me up. I love it when my face smiles without effort when riding at a pleasant speed, the way old people look at me and remember the good old days, the way my mind leaves a trail of clutter behind as I pedal up the suburban streets. And finally, when I pick up the momentum, I can’t stop singing. No matter how many people can hear me, I smile and sing to myself. I get inspired for some reason and as a musician, this is what I thrive off. Inspiration. That is why I ride my bike.


Ride Leaders Course - Fri 21 Oct 2011

posted 3 Oct 2011, 15:12 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council   [ updated 3 Oct 2011, 15:29 ]

A one day ride leaders course is being offered to teachers, youth leaders and social riding group leaders. The course is being run by an Austcycle qualified instructor.
Time: 9am to 4.30pm
Venue: TBC (Glenorchy)
Max Participants: 10
Characteristics of the Group: Current or prospective ride leaders who have intermediate bike riding skills and have experience in leading groups in outdoor or recreational activities
Target Session Outcome: Achieve knowledge and skills to lead a group of riders (who skills might range from beginner to intermediate) in a range of environments.
Participants to supply:  bikes, helmets, safety vest (if have), and writing material (pad / pen), .
Cost: $70 plus gst (includes: learning materials, sample forms, handouts, any specific training equipment)
Course outline 
  • Role of the Ride Leader
  • Participants and venues
  • Equipment, set up and maintenance
  • Bike Skills review
  • Cycling in traffic
  • Inclusive Participation
  • Managing Risk and Record keeping
The course will be a mixture of training room activities and skill practice sessions. Although not an accredited Austcycle course the learning outcomes will align to some of the Austcycle Teacher modules.
To register your interest email or phone Mary at Cycling South 03 6273 4463.

Why Ride Campaign soon to be launched

posted 7 Sep 2011, 15:12 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council

Do you Bus?
Do you Ride?
Do you Stride?

Tell us why at for your chance to win!

A $1,000 Voucher from The Jolly Swagman outdoor store
A $1,000 Voucher from BiKE RiDE bike shop
A $1,000 Recharge on your Metro Greencard

Congratulations if you’ve been riding, walking or catching the bus lately. If not, have you considered leaving the car behind for a healthy change? Meet Deanne who walks to work to stay fit and listen to the radio, Michelle who rides to work to be a good example to her kids and Alex who catches the bus because its easy, cheap and comfortable!

The ‘Why Ride’ campaign is a celebration of the reasons why people ride, walk and catch the bus. Everyone has an excuse why they always have to drive a car, yet the benefits of driving are more often than not dwarfed by the positives of riding, walking and bussing. While cars are a dominating transport option, thousands and millions of people across Tasmania, Australia and the World are choosing to power themselves from A to B or let public transport do the driving for them.

The campaign consists of a series of Bus Ads in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie complimented by this website, social media and promotional print material. The campaign is backing a competition for whoever can come up for the best reason for why they ride, walk or bus.

2011 State Bike Week a Success

posted 23 Mar 2011, 18:24 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council   [ updated 6 Apr 2011, 20:52 ]

The Tasmanian State Bike Week was blessed with some fine weather and numbers were up for a number of events. Look forward to a detailed report, but untill then here is some photos and video from the Super Cycling Sunday in Hobart.

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See a full video of the days events here:

Bike Futures Conference Hobart 2011

posted 23 Mar 2011, 18:19 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council

The Bike Futures conference was held in Hobart on Friday 4th March and was attended by a large number of local and state government representatives. Presentations on behaviour change, road widths, bicycle parking and increasing cycling participation provided insight from experts in the various fields. Of note was Jonathan Daly: who provides a refreshing approach to what actually causes behaviour change and Cameron Munro who challenges the notion that wider traffic lanes are safer and presented on an evaluation of Strengthened Bicycle Lanes:


Australian Bicycle Council comes to Hobart

posted 23 Mar 2011, 18:14 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council

The Australian Bicycle Council met in Hobart recently and members rode along Sandy Bay Rd and received a briefing from the consultant involved in the cycle/walkway development. The Australian Bicycle Council is the national body that manages and coordinates implementation of the Australian National Cycling Strategy. They have a useful list of reports, publications and resources for anyone interested topics around cycling such as engineering and planning, education and training, encouragement and promotion, enforcement and road safety as well as recreation and funding. They have also recently released the Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011 -1016.

Normanstone Rd bicycle lanes get a second chance

posted 22 Mar 2011, 18:37 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council

There were some concerning developments in Launceston several weeks ago when the Council voted to remove new bike lanes installed on Normanstone Rd after complaints from residents. The aldermen voted against officer’s advice to delay removing the lanes until an evaluation had been conducted. Thankfully a compromise has been reached and only the middle section of the lanes will be removed.


Here is a general article on the network rollout last year:

Here is the examiner article on the lane removal:

Here is the Council Report which details the residents concerns:

Bike Futures Conference coming to Tasmania

posted 12 Feb 2011, 01:02 by Tasmanian Bicycle Council

Hobart Bike Futures Seminar - Friday 4 March 2011, 9am – 4pm.

Venue: Lower Ground Conference Room, Hobart City Council

 The Bike Futures program is building the capacity of local government across Australasia to get More People Cycling More Often.

 Bike Futures works with government, industry professionals and community leaders to unlock cycling solutions at the local, state and national level.

 The Hobart Bike Futures Seminar will focus on the latest thinking and major issues confronting communities as we move to embrace the bicycle revolution.

 The seminar will include presentations from two of Australia’s leading cycle industry consultants - Jonathan Daly, GHD on ‘Behaviour Change and Riding Culture’ and Dr Cameron Munro, SKM on ‘Separation and Lane Width’.

 The Bike Futures team will also be showcasing the key learnings from the 2010 Bike Futures Conference and showcasing the keynote presentations given by Roger Geller, City of Portland and Michael Jones, Alta Planning and Design.

 The Hobart Bike Futures Seminar will include numerous opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions and network in a collegial, forum-style format.

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