Improved walking and cycling facilities planned for Hobart waterfront

THE Hobart City Council has approved the installation of improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Morrison Street from Elizabeth Street to Brooke Street linking to the Intercity Cycleway.

The waterfront upgrades around Sullivans Cove have been among recommendations of key council reports, including the Sustainable Transport Strategy and the Inner City Action Plan.

Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas said the first stage of the project, between Elizabeth and Brooke Streets, would involved the construction of a pedestrian and bike facility, as well as the removal of a single northbound traffic lane in order to retain on-street parking.

“The approved project will greatly enhance the ambiance of the Cove, adding to people’s experiences by being able to cycle and stroll around a unique location,” he said.

“This is a special area where locals and tourists can enjoy a working port that offers something for everyone.

“Part of the project also provides opportunities for the conversion of Post Street to motorcycle/bicycle parking and/or commercial parking.”

Ald Thomas said the council would be consulting with properties adjoining Post Street to ensure all parties had an opportunity to make representations.

Construction is scheduled to commence this year with planning to begin on the next stage of the project from Brooke Street to Castray Esplanade.

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