Wheels turn­ing slowly

North coast cycling fa­cil­i­ties still years away

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

CYCLING fa­cil­i­ties in the north coast area are sev­eral years away from be­com­ing re­al­ity, with the City of Wan­neroo propos­ing to open the first in 2021.

At its June 26 meet­ing, the coun­cil noted the 290sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion lodged in May for a rider ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and bike park, where youth could learn to ride and learn road rules away from traf­fic. It also noted such fa­cil­i­ties would form part of fu­ture plan­ning through Cy­cle Wan­neroo and the Cycling Mas­ter Plan for the North­ern Coastal Cor­ri­dor.

A re­port to the coun­cil said Cy­cle Wan­neroo was ex­pected to cost $48.5 mil­lion over 16 years but the mas­ter plan had not yet iden­ti­fied costs for spe­cific fa­cil­i­ties.

North­ern Beaches Cycling Club pres­i­dent Chris Howard said the cycling group had been ad­vo­cat­ing for a fa­cil­ity since 2013, ini­tially hop­ing to use the Alki­mos waste­water treat­ment plant buf­fer zone.

How­ever, the coun­cil re­port said the City and club’s ef­forts had been un­suc­cess­ful. Dr Howard said that meant they were still with­out a suit­able train­ing fa­cil­ity.

He said ju­nior train­ing was done on open roads and in carparks, but the club can­celled that ear­lier this year be­cause it “could not guar­an­tee kids’ safety”.

“The com­mu­nity would not ac­cept cars driv­ing through fields dur­ing footy train­ing; the same should be ex­pected for up and com­ing cycling ath­letes,” he said.

Dr Howard said the club still hoped to iden­tify a safe lo­cal fa­cil­ity for the sum­mer rac­ing sea­son.

The coun­cil re­port said a cycling path would be in­cluded in the $21.2 mil­lion But­ler north district open space, due to open by 2021.

It said de­vel­op­ers were cre­at­ing a rider ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity at Leatherback Park, Alki­mos and the Wan­neroo Race­way Mas­ter Plan iden­ti­fied pro­vi­sion of BMX and moun­tain bik­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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