Cy­cle path pe­ti­tion

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

THE Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion has started a pe­ti­tion for a dual-use path from Yanchep to Two Rocks.

Sec­re­tary Lor­raine Jack­son said res­i­dents wanted the path for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans to con­nect the sub­urbs, in­clud­ing the semi-ru­ral es­tates on Break­wa­ter Drive.

Copies of the pe­ti­tion are avail­able at the Yanchep Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Lo­cals Surf Shed, Nep­tunes Cafe and Liquor Barons store.

The pe­ti­tion, an­nounced at the group’s Septem­ber meet­ing, fol­lows dis­cus­sion about the need for cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties at the Au­gust meet­ing.

North­ern Beaches Cy­cling Club’s Chris Howard said although mem­bers started out rid­ing on Two Rocks Road, many road cy­clists now avoided it be­cause it was no longer “a very quiet stretch”.

“We’ve been ac­tively in­volved for many years now try­ing to get con­tin­u­ous cy­cling net­works,” he said.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence is coun­cil need to be putting the onus on de­vel­op­ers to have mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions.

“Coun­cil can take re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure the lo­cal struc­ture plans talk to each other.”

Dr Howard said “old think­ing” ap­proaches to plan­ning ex­cluded pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists from traf­fic man­age­ment plans, but some changes were oc­cur­ring.

“They have started it fur­ther down with green laneways on side roads,” he said.

“That’s of­ten where a cy­clist will get T-boned.

“It now looks like a des­ig­nated cy­cle­way.”

At the Au­gust meet­ing, Yanchep res­i­dent Alex Figg asked if there were plans for a path to run along Marmion Av­enue as part of the road­widen­ing project.

“That’s the big miss­ing link,” he said.

Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said staff were work­ing on the de­sign for the dual car­riage­way.

Dr Howard is one of 14 can­di­dates vy­ing for three North Coast ward seats in this month’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

The Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion will hold its Oc­to­ber meet­ing a week early.

The Oc­to­ber 16 meet­ing at the Yanchep Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will start 7.30pm.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d474399

Ai­dan Geerders (12), Amanda Hughes with son Wolfie, Ge­orgina Ma­hon, Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Lor­raine Jack­son and Avah Geerders (10).

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