Bike rid­ers pumped for bet­ter lanes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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