Off-road multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists will be the topic of conversation at a network meeting held on Saturday April 17, 2021.
The meeting intends to discuss plans and find a way forward for the integration of safe cycling, walking and related recreational activities in the Southern Highlands.
Independent candidate for Wingecarribee Shire Council Rachel Russel said the plan was to have a meeting with stakeholders to organise a bike forum.
"To get this project underway we will need to be shovel-ready and attract State and Federal funding promises," she said.
Nothing incentivises funding promises like votes. We are in a position now, with a Federal election within our sights, to get the major parties thinking about what they will promise.
"We need to ensure that funding integrated multi-use paths in our shire are at the forefront of their thinking now."
"Integrated off-road paths are a win for everyone.
"Pedestrians and cyclists are safe, they provide a viable transport alternative to car travel, and motorists are not put in dangerous and frustrating situations when they need to overtake one or more cyclists on the roads.
"It also enhances our attraction as a destination for walkers and cyclists."
With council elections in September, Rachel Russell has invited other candidates to be a part of this project.
"There is a clear shift in the quality of new candidates", she said.
"We believe that with community support and networking we will have a council who are keen to support this project after September. This project will also support the promotion of new, community-focussed candidates for council. We will also invite our State local members to come on board as part of the project."
Recreational cyclist Neil Graham said the cycling and walking paths were under-utilised due to the fragmentation of existing paths.
"Roads are generally in appalling condition and most unsafe for cyclists with little to no verge. The access and walking tracks into our beautiful bushland and attractions are limited or non-existent," he said.
The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm at the Moss Vale Showground.
Anyone who would like to see the development of an integrated cycling and walking network is invited to come along.
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