The Wellington Park Management Trust has extended the trial of Shared Use (for cycling and walking) on the Pillinger Drive Track from Fern Tree Park to Pillinger Drive until the end of June 2017.
It's worth a read as there's some great initiatives underway including the opening up of a few key links on the mountain like the lower pipeline track as well as planning work on routes such as the proposed Chalet Downhill Track. In the bigger picture apparently there's some thinking going on about a Hobart to Dover regional trail, including the opening up of a track from Ridgeway to Mt Nelson and also from Mt Nelson to Kingston. It would be awesome to be able to get back into those areas again.
It also looks like the Hobart City Council are looking at setting up a volunteer register to help with the design and construction of tracks, Parks and Wildlife are working (as resources allow) on the development of a mountain biking policy as well as management plans for both Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area & the Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area.
There's not enough space to plug all the great initiatives going on, but click on the links to the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan and have a look and stay up to date.
While you're thinking about Mt Wellington, check out the Draft Management Plan for Mt Wellington which is out for comment until October 26, 2012. Chapter 9 includes mountain bike use, and there's been some useful comments over in the forums on pedalbite.com if you want to get your head arond things the quick way.
02 March 2012
According to the agenda of the Hobart City Council Parks and Customer Services committee, they will be considering endorsing the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan at their meeting on the 16th February.
The recommendations before the committe include scheduling upgrades on several key trails over the next three years; commencing planning for the development of the Chalet to Junction Cabin downhill trail proposal; and nearest and dearest to my heart they're looking at making the following trails "shared-use":
- Pipeline Track - McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree
- Huon Rd to Waterworks Link
- Mount Stuart Track/Summit Loop, Knocklofty Reserve
- Joggers Loop Link Track, Queens Domain.
I've always through the the McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree route in particular is a key missing link for us cyclists as for me it's the easiest way to get up the mountain (not that I've ever ridden up there of couse).
Of course this is all subject to more reports, the completion of risk management works and the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan, and I guess the endorsement by this committee and the council, but it's a step in the right direction, so yay to that.
Hobart City Council is seeking feedback on the proposal to replace the gravel track with an all-weather sealed surface. Click here to provide comments [link removed]. A successful grant from the Trails and Bikeways Program is funding some of the improvements. Last winter sections became wet and boggy and the lack of sunlight prevented it from drying out. The muddy surface makes it unpleasant for people using prams, on bicycles, mobility scooters or simply walking and combined with the slope from McKellar St, the slipperiness has safety issues for people riding or walking.
The June 2017 Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan Implementation Update has been released including a note that a detailed feasibility study is being undetaken by World Trail on the Big Bend to Junction Cabin Downhill Track, the shared use status of Middle Track (Radfords to Reservoir Trail) has now been made permanent and much more.
According to their post, the park features a range of skills development features and a big A frame wall ride/slope style box for those game enough to face the challenge, these features are scattered throughout the 2km trail network.
Dirt Art also remind riders that the Kingborough Council have asked that people park up on Kingston View Drive, and not try and drive down the gravel road.
This from their facebook page (get over there and like it to get direct updates):
"Please do not ride after rain or if the track surface is damp or soft. Bear in mind there is no landscaping or finishing works completed, so the surrounding area is a little rough. Unfortunately due to extreme amounts of ground water the trail network will remain closed until Spring. Please stay away from the fenced off trails as they will be severely damaged by use in their current condition. We hope you all enjoy the jumps, we look forward to opening the whole park in the not too distant future."
They've also provided this google maps link if you want to know where it is.
Public comment is being sought on the Draft Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area (Redgate Section) Management Statement 2017 by 8 January 2018.