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Walking and cycling tracks

Discover Launceston by riding, walking, jogging or horse riding along one of our many trails. The municipality has many trails which have been developed by Council for locals and visitors. 

They aim to facilitate active and healthy lifestyles and to help us enjoy the beautiful city of Launceston. The flat to gently undulating topography make it an excellent stroll if you are pushing a pram and just after a leisurely walk.
 
Further out of the CBD there are also extensive tracks and trails in the outer suburbs. All are suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding however they do differ in length and difficulty.
 
Note: Motor bikes are not allowed in any of our reserves or on any of our trails. The only place that motor bikes can be ridden if they are registered and the rider is licensed is on the roads or on private property.

Well-maintained footpaths and cycleways are a vital part of the Launceston community infrastructure.

 

Footpaths
Council owns and maintains approximately 500 kilometres of footpaths.

Council inspects its footpaths every five years; the inspection program identifies hazards, such as:

  • Uneven footpath surfaces;
  • Damaged signs;
  • Potholes; and
  • Trees overhanging the footpath.
These hazards are attended to as soon as possible to ensure safe pedestrian access. To report problems with Council footpaths phone 03 6323 3000.
 
 
Cycle ways
Council has built and maintains a number of cycle ways throughout the municipality to allow bicyclists to safely navigate the city.
 
There are 35 kilometres of major (sealed) cycle ways throughout Launceston and surrounds.
 
In addition to the major cycle ways, Council owns and maintains 39 kilometres of multipurpose tracks throughout its many parks.
 
 
Greater Launceston Bicycle Commuting Network
The West Tamar Council, Launceston City Council, Northern Midlands Council, Meander Valley Council and Sport and Recreation Tasmania have worked together to create a regional map displaying possible commuter cycling routes and how they could be best linked between councils.

The map has been developed to identify priority routes for future development, upgrading and ultimately marketing to riders.

The Councils involved are seeking feedback from the community to confirm whether these are indeed the key commuter routes for greater Launceston and what provisions would help to make commuting by bicycle a safer and more convenient activity. 

View the Greater Launceston Bicycle Commuting Network Project Outline (PDF 380 KB)
The project outline explains in detail how the map was produced, what the map represents and where to direct your submission.

View the Greater Launceston Bicycle Commuting Network Map (PDF 3.8 MB)
The Greater Launceston Commuting Network Map is a regional map displaying priority commuter routes within a 20 kilometre radius of the Launceston CBD. These routes will be prioritised for bicycle friendly development in the future.

Submissions

You are invited to have a say on how bicycle infrastructure will be developed in the greater Launceston area.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Are the routes that have been chosen priority routes?
  • Are there any routes missing?
  • What types of infrastructure/treatment would you like to see on specific routes or in general?

When making a submission please be concise and where possible refer to the relevant routes on the map. Provide reasons and sources of information to support your comments and suggest alternatives where you disagree with proposed routes.

Submissions should be addressed or emailed by close of business 24 September 2010 to Keith.Ryan@development.tas.gov.au or Keith Ryan, Sport and Recreation Tasmania, PO Box 364, Prospect TAS  7250

 
Map My Walk
Launceston City Council would like to know where you walk, so we're hoping you will use 'Map My Walk' to help us in discovering the key walking routes in the community!

We're in the early stages of creating a pedestrian strategy for Launceston and are assessing the most popular key routes the community use when going to the shops, work, school or to recreation activities.
Please assist us by mapping your walks so we are aware of what is typically used - just go to www.mapmywalk.com/people/groups/27702
  
As a health benefit...
You may find Map My Walk a useful website to use and aid you in your physical activity goals and program as well!
 
 
Launceston Bike Network
Tasmanians are jumping on their bikes more often to get from A to B with the number of recreational bike riders increasing by 43 per cent in eight years. 

Safety will be top of mind for both Launceston bike riders and motorists with the release of a new brochure which highlights several road rules that everyone needs to be aware of.

Click here to view the brochure (PDF 367 KB)
 
  
Heritage Walks
One of the best ways to explore and appreciate the beautiful heritage of Launceston is to walk around it! 

Launceston City Council's 'Launceston Heritage Walks' brochure offers a choice of walks that will take you past some of Launceston's most interesting architecture dating back to early Colonial times, including:

Orange Trail - 70 mins return - Merchants and Machinery

Pink Trail   - 90 mins return - Rags to Riches

Blue Trail  - 30 mins return - Government to Gorge

All walks start at Civic Square near the Town Hall and are full wheelchair and pram accessible.
Pick up a souvenir copy of the brochure for $2.00 from the Launceston Travel and Information Centre or from the Council's Customer Service Centre, Town Hall.

Click here to view the brochure (PDF 3.23MB)