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image of man riding art bike through SalamancaARTBIKES is a bike borrowing service that enables art lovers to easily access either Hobart’s arts precincts and galleries or Launceston's cultural hotspots.

Spend the day immersing yourself in Tasmania's arts and culture with a state-of-the-art, Dutch designed Vanmoof bike. Simple, light and strong, ARTBIKES are available in male and unisex models.

We’ll provide the helmet, lock and a cultural map – all you need is to do is provide the pedal power! 

To borrow an ARTBIKE you will need:

  • a credit or debit card * (prepaid cards not accepted)
  • photo ID
  • if you are under 18, a parent/guardian who will ride with you.

ARTBIKES are free if you pickup and return them on the same day. Or you can:

  • hire overnight for $22 or
  • for the weekend for $44.

ARTBIKES can't be booked, they are offered on a first in, first served basis.

* How do I know if I have a debit card? Debit cards are also known as a ‘Visa Debit card’ or ‘Debit MasterCard’ – the card will have the word ‘debit’ written on the front.

If using a debit card we will need to place a hold of $950 on the account for the duration of the bike hire as security, in much the same way as a hotel does when you check in. This balance will need to be available when placing the hold and we will authorise the bank to release the hold as soon as the bike is returned in working order. It is important to note however that some banks can take up to 5 days to release the funds.

Contact your financial institution for more information.

ARTBIKES are available from:

Arts Tasmania
146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 03 6165 6666

Design Tasmania
Corner Tamar and Brisbane Streets, Launceston
Monday  - Friday , 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (Nov – Apr)  and  10:00 am - 1:30 pm (May – Oct)
Phone: 03 6331 5506

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Project partners

Arts Tasmania
Arts Tasmania has driven the development and implementation of ARTBIKES as part of its industry development program.

Climate Connect
The Tasmanian Government's Climate Connect office provided funding through its ClimateConnect program to help make ARTBIKES a reality.

Design Tasmania
Design Tasmania administers ARTBIKES in Launceston through its home in the city. Visit the renowned wood design collection or browse fabulous Tasmanian design at the Design Tasmania shop while you are collecting your bike.

Hobart City Council
Hobart City Council funded the commission, creation and installation of artist designed bike hubs around Hobart under their Public Art program.

The RACT is offering its Bike Assist service to ARTBIKES users, offering support to patrons who may need help while on the road.