Let's get moving on cycling tracks
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.