PATHS FOR RIDERS
BIKE-FRIENDLY infrastructure could be the key to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
Stockland’s Aura development has multiple separated veloways and bicycle pathways to encourage people to use their bikes rather than drive.
Cyclist Stuart Shaw, who moved to the Coast in February, said the region’s infrastructure was “fantastic”.
To be able to get somewhere without driving or having the hassle of finding a park, plus the added health benefits, was what enticed Mr Stuart to start cycling in the first place.
Safer pathways for cyclists on the Sunshine Coast would encourage a lot more people to ride their bikes, Mr Stuart said.
“I think investing in infrastructure is imperative to make the Coast continue to be a great lifestyle sort of place. Having connected cities that aren’t going to congest everything with cars is also a good answer.”
Encouraging the next generation to be more active and use environmentally friendly modes of transport was at the forefront of Stockland’s vision for Aura.
Cameron Frewer, who died on November 5, also wanted to create a safer world for his children by creating more awareness around cycling safety.
“You felt a responsibility to your children... to create a better world, a safer world, for all of us to live in,” Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said at Mr Frewer’s funeral.
Baringa State Primary students Jazmin Askew and Sophie Jelicich use the bike pathways every day to ride to school and local parks.
“There is that safety, and you don’t have to panic to know they’re close to the road – they’re actually not so close,” mother Amie Askew said.
IN THE RIGHT LANE: Cyclist Stuart Shaw is passionate about cycling.
Jazmin Askew, 9, and Sophie Jelicich, 8, use Aura’s cycle pathways.