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Bike tracks fanning out from Mullumbimby is one of the key ideas put forward for the Stronger Country Communities fund that Byron Shire Council is currently seeking applications for.

And your submissions count! Three groups were considering applying for the grant money – these were from Tuckeroo Avenue to Shearwater School, Mullumbimby to Main Arm Village and from the Mullumbimby Co-op to the Mullumbimby Golf Club.

Owing to the short time in which to get the grant application together, the track from the Co-op to the Golf Club has been put on hold; however, Council are looking at creating a Shirewide bike plan later in the year.

Both bike paths have been recommended in the past; the one to Shearwater was part of the Byron Shire bike plan in 2005 and the first part of the Main Arm bike track as early as 2001.

Lainie Anderson, spokesperson for the proposed Mullumbimby cycleway out to Shearwater, pointed out the school has 700 students and, ‘there is a range of evidence that demonstrated the health benefits for children who ride and walk to school.’

‘The plans for the 8km bike track to Shearwater are being developed on a pro-bono basis by the engineering company who developed the bike track at Lennox Head.

Spokesperson for the Main Arm bike track, Sophia Marles, said, ‘Having a number of bike tracks will really create the opportunity for people to get out of their cars and enjoy the wonderful natural environment we live in.’

There are a number of projects that are being proposed throughout the Shire that can be found on Council’s website: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/stronger-country-communities-round-2.

To get involved in supporting the Main Arm bike track, email [email protected] To get involved in supporting the Mullum to Shearwater bike track, email [email protected]

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  1. The town of Mullumbimby could be a bustling cycle hub with cycle tracks spanning out like spokes to make the town’s community stronger in the centre and on the rim if the Stronger Country Communities fund attracts applications through Byron Shire Council. If you want to ride in safety away from vehicular traffic then write and put your spoke in, in the form of a submission.

  2. Cycle paths from Mullum, great idea! Especially if we can get a safe bicycle track from Mullum to Bruns. At the moment if you cycle that route you have to check upon arrival which bits of your body have not been shaved off by hurtling metal. Bruns has great bike tracks. Linking them to Mullum would be extremely civilised. And a welcome contrast to our slavering obeisance to oil barons and flaccid-body inducing modes of transport upon which we lavish billions without a second thought.

  3. The mythical rail trail would connect Mullum with Byron Bay and Bangalow. On many days of the year an electric bike would get people to Byron faster than a car. On the vast majority of days it would be far more pleasant too.

  4. Fantastic. These bike paths will be the perfect adjunct to the rail trail. The path to Main Arm will lead through to the Mount Jerusalem National Park where hard core cyclists can get some real action while the more timid enjoy the rail trail.

    This region is set to become one of the top cycling destinations on the planet.

    All we need is for our local councils to make sensible decisions to ensure that we have a truly world class facility.


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