The Kingborough Bicycle Advisory Committee is delighted with the success of the shared path between Margate and Snug since it was opened last year.

Councillor Flora Fox, Chair of the Committee, is encouraging people to explore the path this summer. “Many people are saying that the Margate to Snug off-road shared path is the best thing that Council has ever done.

“Children are riding to school. Commuters are riding to work. The Hobart Walking Club members are doing regular bike rides here. New residents tell me this is the number one reason they moved here.

“The shared path is very popular with walkers, including grandparents walking grand-children to school and local parents shopping with a baby or toddler in the pram. Walking groups who regularly use the path include the Margate Men’s Shed Walking Group, the Kettering Heart Foundation and the Hobart Walking Club.”

The popularity of the shared path demonstrates the appreciation for shared paths, which provide a safe and accessible link between communities.

Cr Fox said many residents are keen for this shared path to connect to Kingston, which would provide people with the opportunity to explore the attractions of the Channel, as well as around central Kingston.

“As a young girl, I would regularly walk with my sister along the bush tracks of Boronia Hill from Blackmans Bay to Kingston Beach.  Now we drive our cars to these local destinations, but the distances are not so great. Walking and bike riding improves mindfulness and physical activity, enjoying views along the way, enjoying gardens, bush, meeting people and stopping for a chat. By linking local areas with off-road paths we create a connected, happy and healthy community.