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January 29, 2022

Bike tracks need upkeep too

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Michael Singleton, Ewingsdale.

It was good to read Aslan Shand’s article on the need for public support for bike tracks in the shire.

I ride most days but often I find the existing bike tracks to be almost unusable and sometimes downright dangerous!

Take for example the bike track that leads from Myocum Road, winds through the Ewingsdale intersection and ends up at the cement works on the road into Byron Bay.

Last week it looked like this:

The council – or in this case it might be the RMS since it seems to be part of the highway infrastructure – might want to review their maintenance programs for bike tracks already in place. In my experience, once built they tend to get neglected and sometimes become unusable as a result.

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  1. Michael,
    Council’s have a linear mind in that they draw a line and that is the cycle track from A to B and they can extend that line to C or to D, but they never get around on a cycle to make it a circle to get back to A.
    These cycle tracks that Councils make go from A to B and to get back to A the cyclists has to cycle back along the same path in the opposite direction. That is boring and so the cycle tracks that cost lots of ratepayers’ money becomes unused. And when cycle tracks are unused council don’t repair them. When a cycle track returns to the starting point and become a circle they become MORE than a bike track, they become an exercise track where cyclists can then time themselves on the bike and improve their cardio-vascular rate against the clock and the bike track will then become popular and well used and the kids then will stop watching television, and eating Maccas and the community then also become healthy and invigorated.
    That is a line in the sand to council to not just build a track so council feels good but to build it so the community feels good. Michael, So there is a bike track that goes to the cement works and what is cementing there? Is there anything concrete there for a cyclist?

    • Len what a load of garbage you have written . A commuter or social bike/walk path must be safe and direct but as Michael says it isn’t like this . Have you tried riding on what bike paths we have in Byron Shire ? They are a nightmare . Visit Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Noosa Shires to see how cycle and walking paths are built , they get used because they are designed by engineers who actually ride or walk and not theoretical engineers who grew up with ‘cars are king’ mentality.
      Len get on your bike and join the real word


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