The future: Neale McLennan (left), Russell Hull, Annemaria Hull, Peter McAnelly, Mick Melino and Steve Rigby prepare to ride from Lismore to Tenterfield on Saturday.
The future: Neale McLennan (left), Russell Hull, Annemaria Hull, Peter McAnelly, Mick Melino and Steve Rigby prepare to ride from Lismore to Tenterfield on Saturday. Jay Cronan

Pushbikes may be transport future

PUSHBIKES might hold the answer to many of the transport problems created by the booming population figures and changing world of 2036, Darryl Pursey reckons.

Mr Pursey, the owner of Lismore bike shop Harris Cycle Co, said rising fuel prices and increased traffic congestion could make cycling a mainstream choice for commuters.

However, first councils needed to provide the cycleways needed to let cyclists commute safely.

That did not mean specialised bike paths, such as the coastal cycleway being planned by Ballina Shire Council. All that was needed was a marked off section on the shoulder of the road that would let cyclists ride without being put in the way of cars and trucks.

And Mr Pursey also rejected the idea that the region’s towns needed to all be connected by a cycleway, saying the commuting distance braved by all but the most dedicated cycling enthusiasts tended to peak at about 15km.

Another piece of infrastructure that would help encourage people to take to their bikes would be ‘satellite car parks’ about 10km outside the major towns. That would let commuters drive their cars most of the way and then park in an easy, free, parking spot before riding the remaining few kilometres to work.

“That would be a very feasible,” Mr Pursey said. “People would save on fuel and avoid the frustration of having to find a parking spot.”



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