Thanks to The Mercury’s Saturday magazine and reporter Tim Martain for the story of Seven Mile Beach bike riding postman, Mike.
Mike says “It keeps me fit. I used to be about 120kg and now I’m 85kg.
Being a contractor I’m allowed to do it whatever way I please, and since it’s all so flat here it’s ideal for riding a bike.”
Mike’s round takes in all of Acton and Seven Mile Beach.
Like to make your area more bike friendly? Take a look at Copenhagenize’s Bicycle Planning Guide.
Have a look at the Copenhagenize blog: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2013/04/the-copenhagenize-bicycle-planning-guide.html
And you can get the planning guide as a poster, as well.
Launceston has a network of off-road trails listed in this little brochure:
Bits of the Inveresk Trail and the Black Bridge Trail give you a nice off-road ride into Launceston.
The Inveresk Trail runs along the top of the flood levy next to the North Esk River, from the Tamar Bridge to Vermont Rd in Mowbray. It goes beside the Heritage Forest, and some of the roads in Invermay join in to tracks through the Heritage Forest, and then the Inveresk Trail.
There are zig-zag gates at the entrances to the Heritage Forest. Hopefully this is supposed to discourage trail bikes rather than bicycles.
The end of the Inveresk Trail was shut because they were doing some work on the flood levee.
So I rode through the QVMAG precinct, and past UTAS architecture school. I kept an eye out for the tram, which runs on the weekend.
The Black Bridge was still open though, and you can get across the river on the old railway bridge.
The trail goes beside the old railway and joins up with the Henry Street Trail. It goes near the NTCA sportsgrounds, (and also Coles and Kmart). There is a little path from the shops to a bus stop and across the road, then it joins up with the trail.
Sadly no bike parking at the shops. But a nice ride to the shops, and all off-road.
Overflowing bike parking at the Hobart Library.
A bicycle take on the Italian tradition of a stand up expresso at the bar on the way to work.