Cycleway to nowhere
Lismore City Council will receive $263,250 from the federal government towards new cycleways, but the announcement has not pleased cyclists Tony Keogh and Darryl Pursey from Harris Cycles.
Both men said the cycle paths proposed for Lismore were small and insignificant and would not encourage people to use their bikes.
“There are two things you could do: either build a proper cycleway that allows people to commute or a recreational one, not these useless little things,” Mr Pursey said.
The application Lismore Council put forward to get the funding was for the following areas: High St - from Diadem St to the ABC studios; Wilson Street - linking South Lismore Primary school with Nesbitt Park; Pitt St - linking Richmond River High School and areas of North Lismore and Dalley Street - linking Lismore High School to Wyrallah Rd. There is also provision for bike racks and lockers in the CBD.
The total cost of the projects will be $526,500 with Council matching the federal funding dollar for dollar.
Mr Keogh, who is also president of the Mongrel Bastards cycle club, said it was “a waste of money”.
He has just completed the eight-day Hell On Wheels fundraising ride for the Rescue Helicopter and this year it went through Casino, Kyogle, Murwillumbah and Ballina, all of which he said had better cycleways than Lismore.
“They talk about a cycle network, but we don't have a cycle network in Lismore... If you look at Ballina, you can ride all over Ballina on cycleways,” Mr Keogh said.
“People go to Ballina to have a cycle and then a coffee or a beer...We need to extend the recreational track along the river (in Lismore). That's a no-brainer. That should have been done years ago,” Mr Pursey said.
“If you want to get people to ride to the CBD then you'd need to put a cycle lane along Ballina Rd all the way to Goonellabah. That's the main backbone to Lismore, but they'll never do it because it's too expensive and the road was built too narrow,” Mr Keogh said.