PATHS FOR RIDERS

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Ash­ley Carter Ash­[email protected]­news.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: PATRICK WOODS

IN THE RIGHT LANE: Cy­clist Stu­art Shaw is pas­sion­ate about cy­cling.

Jazmin Askew, 9, and So­phie Jeli­cich, 8, use Aura’s cy­cle path­ways.

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