Uphill bicycle passing on Huon Road, Fern Tree



Planning work is underway to improve passing opportunities on Huon Road at selected uphill sections between the Skyline Service Station (416 Huon Road) and the Fern Tree Tavern (Summerleas Road junction).

Road shoulders will be sealed at various locations to provide space for slow, uphill bicycle riders, making it easier for motor vehicles to overtake.

Due to the limitations of the location it will not be possible to provide a continuous uphill bicycle lane. Rather, a list of sites have been selected based on their potential to significantly improve safety and comfort for both cyclists and other road users on this stretch of Huon Road within the available budget.

Substantial funding for this project has been provided by the Federal Government and was announced by Independent Federal Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie MP.

A concept design for the works is now available for comment.

Get involved and have your say in the following ways:

  • Attend a community information at the Fern Tree Community Centre at 8 Stephenson Place, Fern Tree at the following times:
    • Thursday 31 October 2019 from 4 - 7 pm
    • Saturday 2 November 2019 from 2 - 5 pm
  • Provide your feedback by completing the online form below.
  • Alternatively, you can email or call the project officers listed under the Who's Listening section of this page.

The survey closes on 15 November 2019.




Planning work is underway to improve passing opportunities on Huon Road at selected uphill sections between the Skyline Service Station (416 Huon Road) and the Fern Tree Tavern (Summerleas Road junction).

Road shoulders will be sealed at various locations to provide space for slow, uphill bicycle riders, making it easier for motor vehicles to overtake.

Due to the limitations of the location it will not be possible to provide a continuous uphill bicycle lane. Rather, a list of sites have been selected based on their potential to significantly improve safety and comfort for both cyclists and other road users on this stretch of Huon Road within the available budget.

Substantial funding for this project has been provided by the Federal Government and was announced by Independent Federal Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie MP.

A concept design for the works is now available for comment.

Get involved and have your say in the following ways:

  • Attend a community information at the Fern Tree Community Centre at 8 Stephenson Place, Fern Tree at the following times:
    • Thursday 31 October 2019 from 4 - 7 pm
    • Saturday 2 November 2019 from 2 - 5 pm
  • Provide your feedback by completing the online form below.
  • Alternatively, you can email or call the project officers listed under the Who's Listening section of this page.

The survey closes on 15 November 2019.


  • Project Information

    about 2 months ago
    Bike and car big

    Huon road is popular with recreational bicycle riders who, while able to travel downhill towards the city at the same speed as motorists, travel uphill at much lower speeds than motorists travelling toward Fern Tree. The speed difference between bicycle riders and cars travelling uphill creates problems because of the narrow width of the uphill lane and the limited overtaking opportunities. The often constrained sight distance available for a driver looking for opportunities to overtake can be stressful for both drivers and the bicycle riders they are trying to pass. The aim of this project is to provide (depending on...

    Huon road is popular with recreational bicycle riders who, while able to travel downhill towards the city at the same speed as motorists, travel uphill at much lower speeds than motorists travelling toward Fern Tree. The speed difference between bicycle riders and cars travelling uphill creates problems because of the narrow width of the uphill lane and the limited overtaking opportunities. The often constrained sight distance available for a driver looking for opportunities to overtake can be stressful for both drivers and the bicycle riders they are trying to pass. The aim of this project is to provide (depending on the location and geographical constraints) more frequent opportunities for vehicles travelling uphill on Huon Road to pass bicycle riders and therefore significantly improve safety and comfort for both bicycles and other road users on this stretch of Huon Road. This is very similar to the Bonnet Hill project between Taroona and Kingston which has been recently completed by the Department of State Growth.