Long term cyclist says roads are "shocking"

HAVING cycled around the region for over 20 years, Dave McIntosh knows all too well the troubles local cyclists face.

The owner of Gladstone Bicycle Centre who cycles 250-300km per week said the maintenance of the region's roads was shocking.

However, he hopes plans by the Gladstone Regional Council to produce a Pedestrian and Cycle Strategy will see an improvement of roads for cyclists.

Mr McIntosh said the majority of the region's cyclists prefer to ride on the road, compared to cycling paths.

Gladstone Bicycle Centre owner Dave McIntosh.
Gladstone Bicycle Centre owner Dave McIntosh. Luka Kauzlaric

"When cycling on paths, you are limited in what you can do," he said.

Mr McIntosh also highlighted the need for the road between Tannum Sands and Gladstone to be upgraded.

"It is the most dangerous road in the region for bike riders," he said.

He suggested Mt Larcom Rd be upgraded to Rio Tinto with a cycling lane all the way along which workers at Yarwun and Rio Tinto could use to get to and from work.

"More people would ride their bikes to work if we had more cycling lanes," Mr McIntosh said.

He said there would, therefore, be less motor vehicle traffic on the roads during peak hours.

Mr McIntosh said he realised council couldn't do everything and not all upgrades/maintenance work could be done at once.

However, he does feel council needs to sit down with a cycling committee (people who ride their bikes on the road regularly) to hear what the cycling community need in terms of road safety.

In preparation for the Pedestrian and Cycle Strategy, council is calling on the community to complete a 10-minute survey by April 30.

Have your say:

Residents and visitors are encouraged to complete the online survey by going to council's webpage or by visiting the council's home page and clicking on 'Your Council' and then Have Your Say

The survey can be completed up until midnight April 30, 2016

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete



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