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Gladstone cyclists embarrassed by lack of infrastructure

Gladstone needs better bike paths, local cyclists say.
Gladstone needs better bike paths, local cyclists say. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE is an embarrassment when it comes to cycling infrastructure, according to a keen cyclist.

The condition of cycling infrastructure in the region has long caused frustration in the cycling community.

Avid cyclist Michael Newell has been at the forefront of a crusade for the Gladstone Regional Council to update facilities.

"Gladstone is an embarrassment when it comes to cycling infrastructure," Mr Newell said.

The cyclist is particularly focused on Glenlyon Rd and the unfinished asphalt work on the bridge path, which he believes is a hazard for cyclists.

The work was rescheduled from October last year to December, and now, if confirmed by traffic control, the council says it will be completed on Tuesday.

The other issue with Glenlyon Rd is that it only has one shoulder where cyclists can ride.

The council's director of engineering services Paul Keech aid there would be some changes to the road.

"The provision of a cycle-way on the southbound shoulder of Glenlyon Road in its current format is not a priority project for council, as Glenlyon Rd will need some serious roadworks in the near future," Mr Keech said.

"Council is currently preparing plans to expand Glenlyon Rd to a four-lane wide road and a cycle-way will be designed on the southbound shoulder of the new alignment.

"The construction of this four-lane route is an important project which will address a number of traffic concerns that are likely to arise in the near future."

Mr Keech told The Observer there was no set date for this project to begin.

"This project is a long-term project," he said.

"The detailed design for the first stage (Tank to Breslin Sts) is currently due to be completed July this year, with construction a consideration for next financial year's budget.

One issue that does complicate the cycle-way discussion is the variety of cyclists that council has to consider catering for

"Future stages have not been discussed nor have timeframes been identified."

Regarding the council's transport priorities, Mr Keech told Mr Newell the council had to consider a number of community groups.

"One issue that does complicate the cycle-way discussion is the variety of cyclists that council has to consider catering for," he said.

"After a safe environment, all have different wants and needs competing for scarce funds."

Mr Keech said council was developing a transport strategic plan.

"The plan will not specifically cater for one group over another, but will attempt to cover the needs and expectations of the entire community," he said.

"This work has involved identifying all paths used for active transport, even paths which are not in council control.

"The list of roads identified by the Gladstone Cycling Group as roads used for cycle training have been included in all considerations."

Council's footpath (cycleway) network:

  • On road - 3.9km (width under 1.8m)/8.5km (equal or over 1.8m)
  • Road separated - 99km (width under 1.8m)/67km (equal or over 1.8m)
  • Facebook page: Gladstone Cycling Infrastructure Protest Group

 

Topics:  cycling, gladstone, gladstone regional council



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