Bike path is win­ner

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IN 2014 Alita De Brin­cat told the Whit­sun­day Times that it’s “crazy that town doesn’t link up”.

She was re­fer­ring to the town’s cy­cle path net­work.

Ms De Brin­cat has how­ever wel­comed pro­posed plans for a new cy­cle­way through the Air­lie Beach la­goon area that would link Ju­bilee Pocket to Air­lie Beach.

While she de­scribed some of the coun­cil plans as a lit­tle un­clear, Ms De Brin­cat said she would pro­vide pos­i­tive feed­back on the cy­cle­way plans.

“It looks like there is a shared path­way in front of the la­goon. That would be awe­some, it would open it up for ev­ery­body,” she said.

“For all wheels it would be awe­some; skate­boards, seg­ways, roller­skates and scoot­ers.”

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil asked in a state­ment last week for “com­mu­nity feed­back re­gard­ing the suit­abil­ity and use of ex­ist­ing cy­cle net­works and the lo­ca­tion of fu­ture cy­cle paths”.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Barry Omund­son said the strat­egy would guide the de­liv­ery of cy­cle projects in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to the de­liv­ery of cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture which will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity, both now and into the fu­ture,” Mr Omund­son said.

“I en­cour­age lo­cal cy­clists and res­i­dents with an in­ter­est in cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture to view the plans of the pro­posed cy­cle net­work and pro­vide feed­back to coun­cil.”

Ms De Brin­cat said she has for years been frus­trated by her in­abil­ity to cy­cle with her chil­dren from their home in Ju­bilee Pocket to her chil­dren’s school and her work place at the Abell Point Ma­rina.

“We stopped do­ing it be­cause it was too hard,” she said.

Ms De Brin­cat said she and her chil­dren had been forced to get off their bikes to nav­i­gate the la­goon area and then had to ride along the road or the foot­path ad­ja­cent to the main street.

She said mo­torists over­tak­ing her were forced to veer on to the wrong side of the road to al­low safe pas­sage.

To view the pro­posed cy­cle­way plans visit the web­site at whit­sun­dayrc.qld.gov.au.

FLASH­BACK: A look at the 2014 Whit­sun­day Times ar­ti­cle in which Alita De Brin­cat la­belled the town’s cy­cle path net­work “crazy”.

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