Strong ar­gu­ment for shar­ing the trails

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

As a long-term res­i­dent of Mar­garet River, I read with in­ter­est last week’s ar­ti­cle on moun­tain bike rid­ers and walk­ing trails (Bik­ing bat­tle­lines drawn, 11/08).

I walk and cy­cle into town reg­u­larly via the Bar­rett Street for­est with my wife and my seven-year-old and 12-year-old as an al­ter­na­tive to tak­ing the busy Will­mott Av­enue.

In­ter­est­ingly enough, in all of the years of the cre­ation of the Hairy Mar­ron Cafe and d the new tracks — a god­send to what re­mained for many years a wasted beau­ti­ful patch of town — I have not once in all of those trips been forced off any tracks by bike rid­ers. The widen­ing g of the track, in my eyes, is so min­i­mal, , as a gree­nie I was not at al­l­l­lall of­fended by this. There would be a strong ar­gu­ment to con­tinue to have these tracks as mul­tipur­pose for w walk­ers, jog­gers and c cy­clists unless, at s some stage, shar­ing t the track be­comes a r real prob­lem rather th than a per­cep­tion.

Richard Todd Mar­garet River

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