Safety concern: The RTA’s cycle lanes on road shoulders.
Safety concern: The RTA’s cycle lanes on road shoulders.

Cyclists lobby RTA for a cycleway

CYCLISTS on the northern beaches are mounting a pedal-powered campaign lobbying the Roads and Traffic Authority to build a cycleway from Coffs Harbour to Red Rock.

The RTA plans to install two-metre-wide cycle lanes on the shoulders of 80km/h local service roads, as part of its $705 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.

But concerned resident groups, parents and cycling clubs say this won’t improve the safety of riders, calling for a stand alone cycleway.

United Residents Group of Emerald spokesman Tony Rothacker, a qualified engineer, said there’s no footpath or shared cycleway on the RTA’s plans at the moment.

“There needs to be physical separation from the roadway. The RTA has recently commented that ‘there is not enough interest from the local residents’, if this is the case we need to show that we are interested,” Mr Rothacker said.

“The northern beaches needs a safe shared pedestrian cycleway like they have on the south side of Coffs Harbour,” he said.

Concerned parent and cyclist Paul Bishop said a cycle lane on the edge of the road would be just another place for cars to overtake and pull over.

Comment can be made to the RTA at www.pacifichighwayupgrade.com.au/s2w/contact_us.html

At its recent meeting the Coffs Harbour Council resolved to make representations to the RTA over the proposal.

An RTA spokesman said cycle and pedestrian access would be improved on the highway overpass bridges between Sapphire and south Woolgoolga and on local access road bridges over Cunninghams and Skinners Creek.



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