Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Councillor Addresses Cycleway Misconceptions

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Councillor Addresses Cycleway Misconceptions

Article excerpt

IN response to a few letters that have been appearing over the last few weeks about the cycleway between Ballina and Lennox Head I'd like to make a few comments.

Firstly, the 'preferred route' selected by the council is not the same as the route identified by GeoLINK or GHD (the consultant for the Flat Rock to Lennox section) as their 'preferred route'.

What council chose was a route from Flat Rock to the Byron border that was as close to the coast as possible.

Sections were chosen that were not even included or studied in the reports because they were viewed as impractical by the consultants due to a number of reasons.

The environmental constraints and issues including the coastal hazard zones and costly ongoing maintenance have already been explained so I don't need to elaborate on these issues.

Another misconception is that a cycleway along the coast road would be 'dangerous'.

The proposed routes along the coast road would be built in the 'road corridor' and not simply be an extended shoulder on the existing road. …

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