PEDDLING BETTER HEALTH: Simon Clough says Lismore needs better bike infrastructure.
PEDDLING BETTER HEALTH: Simon Clough says Lismore needs better bike infrastructure.

Bike Brekky Forum peddles cycle-friendly future for city



CLIMATE Action Group member Simon Clough thinks bikes are Lismore's transport solution of the future. And, he's not the only one. Cyclists, environmentalists and even the North Coast Area Health Service are calling on the Lismore City Council to make Lismore more bike friendly and the council is listening. Council staff joined with the Climate Action Group to host a Bike Brekky and Forum at Lismore's PCYC on Saturday to raise the profile of riding in the city. The council is currently drafting its cycleway strategy, which would look at linking existing bike paths in Lismore. During Saturday's forum, the audience compiled a list of 40 ways Lismore could become more bike-friendly. The list has been submitted to council staff for consideration. Mr Clough does 20 hours riding a week, allowing his family to cut back from two cars to one. He thinks more people would take up the option if Lismore had better bike infrastructure. "Roundabouts, for instance, are very dangerous for cyclists so we need to change drivers' awareness of cyclists on the roads," he said. Heidi Chappelow, of the Climate Action Group, said bikes would continue to become a more attractive alternative as the world's oil resources dwindled. "The North Coast Area Health Service is even coming on board because of the health benefits of cycling," Ms Chappelow said. "It turns out a lot of population health problems can be solved with the same actions we need to take to reduce climate change." Council has already committed more than $300,000 in funding towards the proposed cycleway project, the Lismore council's Road Safety Officer Salina Runge said.



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