Serious about cycles
TAD Soroczynski says Coffs Harbour should take a leaf out of Denmark's book before it becomes clogged with cars.
The Polish-born engineer and his wife Pam recently returned to their Sawtell home after visiting Copenhagen, where they found more than 32 per cent of the population cycled to and from work.
Danish cyclists travel in separate lanes and the system, which has been developed over 35 years of planning for a bicycle-friendly city, is so successful it has improved air quality, the environment, public health and parking.
Mr Soroczynski is keen to see Coffs Harbour follow Copenhagen's example, but says planning needs to start now on separation of the different types of traffic. He wants to see cycleways and provision for bus transport included in the plans for the Pacific Highway upgrade as well as the new State Plan for NSW.
Mr Soroczynski, a cyclist himself, said Coffs Harbour's existing cycleways did not join up. He said he could not reach either the Hogbin Drive Cycleway or the Pacific Highway South Cycleway from his home on Lyons Road without taking to the road or the grass.
"If Coffs is going to be using more bikes, we need to make bike paths separated from traffic, like Hogbin Drive," he said.