Deb Kayes, Ocean Shores
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?