Signage that tells me where I can pee, get coffee, go shopping and other helpful cycle things in Tasmania
I was coerced into cycling the west coast of Tasmania last Christmas. After booking my flights I found out it rains 300 days of the year and some of the most mountainous terrain in Australia. I prepped myself for the worst, thermals, spare everything, bike tools, knife (never know when you'll find fruit trees or weirdos). I nearly screamed out loud mid flight when I realised I'd left one crucial tool in the garage ... panic what do I do? Cab it to town and buy a spanner? Is there public transport in Launceston (answer: not really)? Problem was solved as I waited at the baggage carousel. Sign pointing to the bike station in the car park where 2 bike stands with full set of tools and pumps awaited me and Yoshi (my bike has a name).
I had underestimated Tasmania. The cycling infrastructure and appreciation for cycle touring was superior to my home state of NSW.
Here's what I found amazing about Tasmania:
- signs on major roads to give 1.5 metres to cyclists
- cycle routes sign posted along routes
- cycleways with signs to indicate nearest toilets, cafes, shops, doctors, distances to next suburb, street names
- cycleways used by children unsupervised
- cycleways with nice artworks
I did find it a tad annoying that the cycleway in Hobart was fenced off so you could only enter and exit at certain points.
Must implement such signage in Sydney and bring the children back out to play!
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