Over the past few months I’ve been overseas studying transport systems and policies. The core message is integration – it’s not just about bikes, or rail or cars. You create the core longer routes, then add the short, connecting journeys.
The northern rivers is blessed with a transport corridor 130km long that connects our towns and villages – like Bangalow, Lillipilli, Byron, Sunrise, Tyagarah, Mullum and Billi.
For long distances between towns, rail is the only serious transport option. It suits visitors and residents, young and old, night and day, rain or sun.
We can use bikes to get to and from stations. Or, we take our bikes on the train. Or, bikes travel beside the tracks on their own path – as they do in California, Italy and even Victoria. This creates a choice to bike one way and rail home.
We also add small feeder buses, like Ocean Shores to Billinudgel, to assist others.
Keeping the tracks for rail is the only option that guarantees the land stays in public ownership forever, for long-term social, economic and environmental reasons. No other option does this. The rail revival is happening worldwide – let’s not go backwards.
Karin Kolbe, Suffolk Park