SHARED PASSION: Lismore cyclists Etienne Emeda (left) and David Lacey out riding in Carrington Street, Lismore, yesterday.
SHARED PASSION: Lismore cyclists Etienne Emeda (left) and David Lacey out riding in Carrington Street, Lismore, yesterday. Jacklyn Wagner

Funding push for benefits of pushbikes

LISMORE cyclists David Lacey and Etienne Emeda are passionate about pushbikes and are keen to see more pedal power options in the CBD.

“Bike paths are a funny business,” Mr Lacey said. “They often end up where no one wants them because it's easier to put them there.”

Both men believe there should be more dedicated cycleways in high-traffic CBD areas.

The Federal Government has just given the Lismore and Kyogle councils $314,000 from its National Bike Paths Fund in a dollar-for-dollar deal that will see cycleways expanded in both areas.

Lismore will get $263,250 towards its $526,500 project - which will make a decent dent in the city's $4.4 million 2007 Cycleway Strategy Plan - and Kyogle will get $50,750.

The Lismore City Council is still finalising the allocation of its funds, but at this stage it is looking to link the CBD with Southern Cross University, South Lismore Public School and Richmond River High School.

Kyogle Council plans to extend the existing shared cycleway in Ettrick Street to Kyogle High School and the Kyogle pool.

While a network of fully-dedicated bike paths may be some time off, Mr Lacey said that shared zones were better than nothing.

“Let me put it this way - the pedestrians are safer with me than I am with the cars,” he said.

“I want to keep riding my bike. I could get a car again, but I just wouldn't ride as much.

“I'm 69 in a couple of days and at my age you can't get enough exercise.”



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