NO NEED: Darryl Pursey is convinced the Lismore City Council is going the wrong way with cycleways after 25 years of lobbying.
NO NEED: Darryl Pursey is convinced the Lismore City Council is going the wrong way with cycleways after 25 years of lobbying.

Lismore council traffic study gathers speed

LISMORE needs seven new sets of traffic lights, two new bike paths and a third bridge, a new council report recommends.

The council’s new CBD Traffic Study is on public display until November 21.

The study recommends the changes be rolled out over the next decade.

The plan would cost $30.3 million and would require investment from State and Federal governments.

However, the plan was attacked yesterday by the owner of Harris Cycles bike shop Darryl Pursey, who said the council was going about things the wrong way.

Mr Pursey wants the council to widen streets to include bike lanes, rather than build more cycleways.

“Nobody uses them and research shows they are dangerous,” he said.

Mr Pursey said he had lobbied the council for 25 years about cyclists’ needs. “It’s good they have got a plan at last, but it is not what cyclists want,” he said.

Mr Pursey said the council should also build a recreational cycleway. Infrastructure services executive director Gary Hemsworth said the council planned to build a network of bike paths.

“It’s a 10 to 20-year plan,” he said.

Mr Hemsworth said the council was aware of community concerns about some of its plans, including traffic lights, but said the council had employed a landscape architect to make sure the changes would be aesthetically pleasing.

The council will hold two public meetings to discuss the recommendations and give the community an opportunity to ask questions.

The meetings will be at the Star Court Theatre at 5.30pm on October 29, and 7.30 pm on October 30.

Under the proposal there will be:

Three sets of traffic lights in Woodlark Street and Ballina Road.

One set of traffic lights at the Brewster and Uralba Street intersection.

 A third bridge, perhaps near the racecourse.

 A river crossing for cyclists and bicycles.

 A cycleway connecting the CBD and Lismore Square.


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