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ArtBikes ride into the Eastern Shore

THE Eastern Shore’s arts and cultural profile is continuing to grow with the Clarence City Council announcing its plans to launch 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 will use the city’s expanding network of bike tracks, where 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 including 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.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the new venture was exciting.

“ArtBikes on the Eastern Shore will complement our growing arts and cultural attractions, as well as our expanding network of bike trails,” he said.

“It will give art lovers and visitors a chance to get active, and it is a healthy way to enjoy the sights and scenery the city has to offer.

“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.

Minister for the Arts Vanessa Goodwin said the introduction of ArtBikes to Clarence was a great example of the cooperative relationship between state and local government.

“ArtBikes is a fantastic initiative. Popular with locals and tourists alike, I am very pleased it will extend to the Eastern Shore under the guidance of the Clarence City Council,” she said.

Mayor Chipman said he thanked the state government on behalf of Council for the exciting opportunity.

“We look forward to providing ArtBikes for visitors of our city to enjoy and explore the many arts, cultural and historical attractions that our city has to offer,” he 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.

For more information about the scheme go to 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.