With her gas-guzzling 4WD proving too expensive to run Kate Blackman is among a growing number of city centre workers getting o
With her gas-guzzling 4WD proving too expensive to run Kate Blackman is among a growing number of city centre workers getting o

Two-wheel driver



KATE Blackman has worked in the city centre for the past eight years and, until recently, she used her four-wheel-drive to get to work.

These days her mode of transport is a two-wheel-drive ? her son's green bicycle ? and she said it's the impact of high petrol prices on her wallet that is now her driving motivation.

"It's ridiculous how fast the price of petrol is climbing and, unlike Sydney, there's no break for Coffs residents," Mrs Blackman said.

"Petrol costs the same no matter what day of the week you fill up," she said.

With some experts saying we may soon be paying $1.70 a litre at the bowser, getting on the treddlie could become a preferred option for many.

Glen Price, from Bob Wallis Cycles, can see the wheels are in motion.

He said while sales of bikes in Coffs Harbour have not experienced a significant boom yet, if petrol continues to increase he predicts there will be rise in demand.

"It hasn't happened yet but I think it may happen," Mr Price said.

Sawtell resident Tad Soroczynski would love to see many others ride as regularly as he does ? for the health and environmental benefits ? and the local cycleways network extended.

"Lyons Road becomes too narrow down near the Sawtell Caravan Park and is especially dangerous if cars pass pulling caravans," Mr Soroczyski said.

"There should be a special bike path in that area," he said.

"This sort of transport should be separated for safety of both bikes and cars."

Kate Blackman and Glen Price are both happy that Coffs Harbour is becoming an increasingly 'bike-friendly' city.

"There is certainly an arrangement of cycle paths which is increasing but we could do with more," Glen said.

"Coffs is bike friendly ? especially Hogbin and Donn Patterson drives ? the many hills however are not rider friend- ly!" Mrs Blackman said.



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