I’m hugely in favour of a rail trail. My transport is my electric bicycle and the rail corridor is at the bottom of our hill.
It saddens me to see supporters of TOOT with the impression that rail trailers are anti-train because nothing could be further from the truth. I’m also a supporter of TOOT.
Trains and bikes work really well together, check out Melbourne some time. Outside of rush hours you can put your bike on the train. We must always keep open the option of public transport along this corridor. There’s plenty of room and no reason to assume the different activities would be incompatible.
Electric powered pedal vehicles are booming across the planet but not here. We have a perfect climate for it but the roads are quite dangerous for bikes and seriously daunting for the less experienced.
A bicycle-safe corridor with gentle grades through the middle of the shire would not only be a major tourist attraction, it would also give this creative community an opportunity to redefine local transport. Mullum to Byron in summer would take far less time than would be spent in the average traffic jam.
It needn’t be a choice between one thing or another. Let’s get together, be creative and have it all.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra