Bike riders pumped for better lanes
NEWS the shire is spending up on infrastructure to improve the lives of cyclists (and motorists) with bike paths, better bike lanes and a cycling plan is music to my ears.
Within Port Douglas bicycles are the ideal mode of transport, taking locals and tourists alike far from Macrossan St to explore what the town has to offer, while the idea of a safer, more enjoyable ride to Mossman opens up plenty of opportunities in spreading the tourism love. Cyclists sipping coffee outside cafes on weekend mornings could easily become a Mossman thing if the shire plays its cards right.
It’s not just the road cyclists are getting something out of a push for a cycle-friendly shire. Mountain bikers have the Wangetti Trail to look forward to and there’s a pump track in Port Douglas on its way, perfect for kids and families.
As Port Douglas Bike Shop and Hire co-owner told me last week there are plenty of communities around Australia that have managed to turn cycling into vital pillars of the local tourism economy.
Alpine Shire in Victoria benefits from cycle tourism over summer, so businesses can enjoy tourism all yearround instead of just winter when the ski industry takes off.
Douglas is different because our offseason isn’t ideal for cycling, but tourists can explore Port Douglas and Mossman, the Tablelands, Cairns or Cape Tribulation by pedal-power.
After all, the clean and green image that the shire and its local economy relies on, can only get better if visitors have safe options to explore a big chunk of the region with a bicycle.