Common ground on cycle path
CYCLE access will link the Northern Beaches to Coffs Harbour once the Pacific Highway upgrade is complete, but campaigners for a standalone cycleway may have to meet roads planners halfway.
Roads and Maritime Services have said no to a shared path along the length of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade, but Save the Northern Beaches Alliance refuses to give up.
At present cycle access will be installed on sealed shoulders on residential streets and local access roads.
But the residents group has now taken the matter to the office of Roads Minister Duncan Gay pointing out that a cycleway has been built parallel to the upgraded highway at Taree.
"We are not requesting any additional sealed surfaces or a wider corridor," Northern Beaches Alliances spokesperson
Rod McKelvey said.
"We've had (all the excuses) - from 'the highway corridor is not wide enough' to 'we don't have the budget' to 'we have
to have this' and 'we have to have that' - when really all that's required is a will to address a community issue," he said.
The RMS says it agreed to include some of the community requested facilities subject to available project funding and would then negotiate the remaining sections with future developers in the area and Coffs Harbour City Council.