Eastern Shore the new home for ArtBikes

The Eastern Shore’s arts and cultural profile continues to grow with the announcement that Clarence City Council will introduce the ArtBikes scheme.

Based at Rosny Farm, ArtBikes will give locals and visitors the opportunity to explore arts, historical and cultural attractions in the City of Clarence.

ArtBikes on the Eastern Shore will use the city’s expanding network of bike tracks. People can hire a bike free of charge to ride along the Clarence Foreshore Trail beginning at the Rosny Farm with the Barn and Schoolhouse Gallery. Users can then visit other places of interest, such as artwork of the Tasman Bridge disaster at Montagu Bay Park, the Kangaroo Bluff Battery Historic Site, Bellerive Village, Simmons Park, Kangaroo Bay Parklands and Bellerive Beach Park.  

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said that it was exciting to have ArtBikes based on the Eastern Shore.

“ArtBikes on the Eastern Shore will complement our growing arts and cultural attractions as well as our expanding network of bike trails. It will give art lovers and visitors a chance to get active and is a healthy way to enjoy the sights and scenery the city has to offer,” Mayor Chipman said.

“The scheme will also tie in well with the redevelopment of Kangaroo Bay becoming a destination for visitors with retail, restaurants, cafes and accommodation while taking in the beautiful waterfront and views of Mt Wellington.”

ArtBikes was first launched in Hobart in 2011 by Arts Tasmania. The introduction of ArtBikes to Clarence is a great example of the cooperative relationship between State and Local Government.

“ArtBikes is a fantastic initiative. Popular with locals and tourists alike, I’m very pleased it will extend to the Eastern Shore under the guidance of the Clarence City Council,” said Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts.

“On behalf of Council, I thank the State Government for this exciting opportunity and we look forward to providing ArtBikes for visitors of our city to enjoy and explore many arts, cultural and historical attractions that our city has to offer,” Mayor Chipman said.

RACT will continue to be an ongoing partner of ArtBikes providing users with the free Bike Assist roadside service to help people if the bike breaks down.

ArtBikes also operates in Launceston from Design Tasmania.

Information on the scheme can be found on the Clarence Arts and Events website at www.clarenceartsandevents.net

ArtBikes has been assisted by a grant from the Tasmanian Government’s Climate Change office under the Climate Connect program and has been supported by Arts Tasmania.