Devonport Cycle Network

Design Feature
Type of Project
Local Government Initiative

The Devonport City’s Cycling Network Strategy 2010-2013 was a Council initiative set up to promote community participation in riding for recreation, health and for commuting. The argument for the strategy was that cycling is a relatively low cost, healthy and sustainable mode of transport. The intent of the strategy was to provide a fully developed cycling network connecting the Devonport community and to be part of the network of cycleways linking communities on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. 

Encouraging a healthy and sustainable mode of transport

The strategy recognised that the promotion of alternative modes of travel to the private vehicle will provide the Devonport community with the opportunity to embrace the principles of sustainable transport. The benefits include improved health and fitness, improved road safety and individual and community-wide economic benefit. 

The 2010-2013 strategy was reviewed in 2015 as part of Council’s Strategic Plan 2009-2030. The reviewed strategy became the Bike Riding Strategy 2015-2020.  The renamed strategy was to change the focus to the desires of riders and would-be riders to have safe, accessible and well-connected bike routes. The revised 2015-2020 strategy intent therefore was on making bike riding more accessible and safer for everyone through promotion, community education and by providing a well-maintained network of bike lanes and paths. 

The benefits of the strategy include improved health for all.

The 2010-2013 Devonport City Cycling Network Strategy was based on and followed the February 2010 draft Masterplan for Cycleways that was released for community consultation and concurrent bike user survey. The survey sought information on cycling activity including: 

  • Favourite cycling routes
  • Facilities that could be provided
  • Routes that needed improvement
  • Areas considered unsafe to ride.   

The strategy recognised the limited coverage, lack of access to destinations and lack of associated facilities for the existing bicycle network including: 

  • No cycle link between East Devonport and the CBD
  • A lack of on-road cycling facilities within the CBD
  • No cycling facilities to connect to regional areas. 
The Devonport City Cycling Network Strategy is increasing the opportunity for independent travel.
The Devonport City Cycling Network Strategy is increasing the opportunity for independent travel.

One aspect of the survey was to confirm that recreational cycling was the stronger activity in terms of participation and this was consistent with the location of the existing dedicated bicycle network mostly on the coast and primarily comprising segments of Devonport’s Great Foreshore Ride. The strategy aimed to significantly increase the proportion of commuter cycling as part of increasing the utility of riding to local destinations.   

Cycling offers opportunities to join with others in social, utilitarian and competitive journeys.
Cycling offers opportunities to join with others in social, utilitarian and competitive journeys.

The strategy built on the attributes of Devonport’s streets being relatively wide and in many cases with low traffic volumes. The attributes allowed the strategy to add cycle links by introducing on-road facilities. Overall the strategy targeted the range of potential cycling facilities comprising on-road bike lanes, off-road paths, riding on footpaths and exploring the use of the rail corridor.   

The 2010-2013 and 2015-2020 strategies recognised the need to be comprehensive in providing supporting amenities including shelter, storage and signage for cyclists and end of trip facilities such as secure and accessible bicycle parking provided at appropriate destinations within the city and at shopping centres.  

Implementation of the two strategies has resulted in the completion of key links in the network and the provision of bike racks in key locations.  

Project Team 

  • Devonport City Council 

Project Cost 

  • 2010-2013 Cycling Network Strategy: $1 Million 
  • 2015-2020 Bike Riding Strategy: $5 Million 

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