*(1/3)THE official opening of the Devonport to Quoiba walk and cycleway interrupted a 50km ride from Forth for social cyclists Kevin Goodwin and Graham Hart yesterday morning.
The pair didn’t mind hopping off their bikes and ducking under the ceremonial ribbon.
Mr Goodwin said it was their first trip on the recently completed cycleway.
“We thought we had better come and check it out,” he said.
Mr Goodwin and Mr Hart are part of the 63% increase in cyclists using tracks like the Devonport to Quoiba pathway for cycling since 2001.
Devonport City Council Mayor Steve Martin said the completion of the project, which was made possible through a $498,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s trails and bikeways program and a $373,000 Devonport City Council contribution, had seen 2.2km of track complete as part of the 11km continuous track around Devonport from Coles Beach along the waterfront at Victoria Pde through to Quoiba and on to Spreyton.
The project, which has been two years in the making, was part of the Devonport City Council’s Cycling Network Strategy.
Ald Martin said Quoiba Progress Association’s Keith Burley had been vocal about connecting the CBD with Quoiba and Spreyton since 1983, to alleviate the need for residents to negotiate the busy traffic bridge at Horsehead Creek.
Chair of Safer Roads For Cyclists Keith Price said the plan to join all the Coastal cycleways was still in the making and as funding was made available, councils could take the opportunity to apply for assistance.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.