Bike path is winner
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”.