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April 12, 2021

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Seems ‘cyclists’ have lobbied state government for a bike path in Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores, and got it.

This is a 2.5-metre wide concrete path for shared use. It’s more like a road and will run along the front of our houses in a straight line. Anything that stands in its way will be removed, including all the beautiful trees like my beloved tree at the front of my house.

My tree is my outlook, it gives me privacy, protection and shade in summer. It supports local birdlife. I watch the birds make their beds in the evening from my window. The removal of ‘my tree’ is unacceptable. It is environmental destruction.

I’m a ratepayer and council never informed me about this bike path. I’ve only just found out about it.

The cyclists who lobbied for their path just want to use our street as part of a circuit. Of course I want people to be safe on our roads, but a 2.5-metre wide bike ‘road’ is ugly; it would be busy and noisy and we’d lose our privacy, green space and peace and quiet.

How about a 1- to 1.5-metre wide path with gentle curves, that meanders around our trees and gardens with soft landscaping making for a nice stroll?

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  1. A narrow path with restricted visibility would not be as safe and lead to accidents or cyclists opting out and using what is a narrow street – albeit a lot wider than the 2.5m cycling path. The path should be built to the Austroads guidelines for safe two way paths which is a minimum of 2.5 to 3 metres. I cannot imagine such a path would be noisy, save for the happy sound of kids before and after school.

    Having said all that I can understand your concerns Deb. Balemo Drive does have a lovely street-scape and and I do hope the Byron Shire can build it with minimum impact on existing vegetation.

  2. Concrete is cheap and easy fix.Agree with you Deb.As more people move into the area unfortunately nature comes second after “people safety”.
    A major problem with the mentality of those who enjoy a fake natural environment but feel safe by implementing outdated archaic unsustainable practices in the 21century.This is a worldwide “development” issue that many can’t understand how it has become out of our control.Some call it climate change, big picture.


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