Cycle of life keeps on rolling along

Cycle of life keeps on rolling along

I applaud Lismore City Council for putting aside money to build dedicated cycleways and Im sorry to hear A. Andrews isnt able to cycle. Lismore desperately needs dedicated cycle tracks to encourage more cyclists. In Victoria they built a bike track along the busy St Kilda Road and this increased the number of people cycling enormously and decreased the number of cycling accidents overall.

In our area we have more than half our adult population and about a quarter of our kids overweight or suffering from obesity. The consequences of this include increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, many cancers, heart disease as well as sore backs, knees etc. The risks of inactivity, such as obesity and diabetes, are 20 times greater that the health risk posed by a potential cycling accident.

Cycling reduces the risk of being overweight, improves your mental health and the community benefits when people use bicycles instead of cars. Fewer cars means fewer traffic accidents, better air quality and reduced noise pollution.

If, for example, we were getting a commuter train service to Lismore, this could be complemented by a cycle track over the river and into the CBD over to the uni and up to the hospital. Workers and students could enjoy a stress free train ride to Lismore but still be able to incorporate exercise into their day. Bike racks on buses going up the hill to Goonellabah would also be a great idea.

Jillian Adams

Nutrition and physical activity coordinator

North Coast Area Health Service


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