'Missing link' in bike track to be completed

FURTHER funding for cycling within the state was announced yesterday.

Sport and Recreation Minister Michelle O'Byrne announced a $100,000 grant for the Launceston City Council as part of a statewide $511,000 commitment under the Trails and Bikeways Program.

The money will be used to create the ``missing link'' of the eight-kilometre bike trail from Inveresk to Rocherlea.

The as-yet-undeveloped 800 metres will connect the old Rocherlea trail to the Inveresk trail.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said it was exciting to know the trail could now be completed.

Alderman van Zetten said he hoped it would encourage potential cyclists to have a go at the sport, without the added pressure of traffic that came with street cycling.

He said there were a couple of final approvals to tick off before building could start in the new year.

The council also received $31,000 to complete another missing link, this time on the West Tamar Trail between Kings Bridge and Tailrace Park.

It will provide a 160-metre shared pedestrian and bike path.

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