Let's get moving on cycling tracks

GIVEN the hundreds of millions of dollars we spend on roads, you would think a network of bike paths across the region would be simple. If only.
The story of East Lismore teenager Kurtis Rose, who escaped death or serious injury when he was in an accident with a car on the Teven-Tintenbar Road, would be disturbingly familiar to many cyclists.
It also perfectly illustrates the increasingly urgent need for a network of bike paths between, at least, our major towns and villages so young people and grown-ups alike can commute between them in safety.
This need is only increased as we rightly encourage youth to be cautious about driving on our dangerous roads.
However, a proper, regionally planned, bike path network is not even on the agenda.
NOROC president Jenny Dowell has conceded the region’s organisation of councils – the natural body to come up with such a plan – has not even considered the issue.
When pressed on the issue, Cr Dowell points to the long-awaited Northern Rivers Integrated Transport Plan and the possibility that it might be included in that.
It’s not a response to inspire confidence in the region’s cyclists, or the parents of teenagers who, understandably, see their bicycles as a ticket to freedom.
If our councils worked together on this issue as a true priority it ought to be solved easily. They must get moving on it.


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