Wheels turning for bike route

FANS of two-wheeled travel are getting ready to hit the road as the Bundaberg Regional Council’s plans for a bike path between the city and Bargara take shape.

The council will meet several of the city’s cycling groups this week to get their input of the plans for the path.

The issue most under discussion will be the route of the path.

Bronwyn Innes, a spokesman for the Mad Cycologists, an informal Sunday cycling group, said they would be looking at a proposed bikeway along Windermere Road, as well as other alternatives.

She said the group welcomed the progress on the bikeway, which would make riding safer for the city’s cyclists.

“We’re really pleased the council came seeking our input,” she said.

Council roads and drainage group manager Peter Jensen said tee council was trying to complete a design for the path, but was still looking at alternatives.

“We’re working on finalising the design before the end of the financial year, then start construction in the next financial year,” he said.

The bikeway is expected to cost about $2.5 million, most borne by the state government.

“We’re obviously trying to minimise costs,” Mr Jensen said.

At this stage the council was looking at constructing the bikeway along Windermere Road.

“The intention is to have an off-road track,” he said.

“There are a lot of services down Windermere Road. We have got to look if we can go over the top of them or go round.”

Mr Jensen said the terrain in Bundaberg encouraged bicycle riding.



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