Devonport cyclists and walkers can now enjoy a network of paths connecting the southern and northern foreshores via the CBD.
The Labor Member for Braddon, Brenton Best, has welcomed the completion of the Devonport to Quoiba cycleway.
The Tasmanian Government has provided the Devonport City Council with $498,000 towards the project, from Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s Trails and Bikeways Program.
”I’m sure the new cycleway is going to be really popular with locals. It provides a safe and scenic attraction for both cyclists and walkers,” Mr Best said.
”This project is a win for local tourism and recreation, as well as a great resource for helping locals get fit, active and healthy.”
The cycleway project follows $2 million in State Government funding towards the Formby Road redevelopment – which included a dedicated cycleway between the CBD and Victoria Bridge.
The two projects combined now create a cycling and walking network from Quoiba through to the Devonport CBD, linking to existing paths along the northern foreshore.
The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) reveals Tasmanians are enthusiastic walkers and cyclists – with participation rates of 38.4% and 11.1% respectively.
The most recent data shows recreational walking in Tasmania has increased by 26%, and cycling by 63%, since 2001.
The 2010 report Value of Sport and Physical Recreation to Tasmania found Tasmanians participation in sport and physical activity saves our health system an average of $60.2 million each year.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.