Launceston’s first park and bike spaces – where cyclists can park their cars for free and ride into town – have been launched at the Tailrace Centre in Riverside, and there’s hopes for more in the future.
The spaces were developed using $10,000 from the Greater Regional City Challenge, which has so far raised about $200,000 via businesses, organisations and councils.
The four parking spaces at Tailrace Centre’s lower car park enable free all-day parking and are designed to encourage people living in West Tamar Council to ride the rest of their commute into Launceston.
Tamar Bicycle Users Group president Malcolm Reid said it was the “first step” in developing further active transport options.
“Park and ride is a really important step. What it does is a small part of providing people a real choice in how they get around,” he said.
“The other advantage is that people don’t have to make a stark choice between driving and cycling, because they can bring their car to somewhere that is convenient and just ride part of the way.
“These projects are about community action, and it’s part of changing our culture and getting some direct action going.”
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West Tamar councillor Geoff Lyons said the initiative would work well with the council’s upcoming cycling trails.
Attention will now turn to adding more park and bike spaces at other areas in Launceston. TBUG is eager for Churchill Park to provide a similar facility for travellers from the northern suburbs.
They were also looking to areas in Prospect and Newstead for commuters from the south and east.
GRCC president Owen Tilbury said it would any businesses interested in setting up a similar space in their car parks or property were welcome to get in touch.
The GRCC was designed to give residents in councils across the region a direct say in infrastructure development.