COVID delays suburban bike path as residents fight construction
The Rose Bay Residents Association says they are opposed to the bike path because of the danger it can present to pedestrians on the boardwalk.
Its vice president Bruce Bland said it was “only a matter of time before an elderly resident, or a resident with a dog on a leash, was seriously injured.”
The Double Bay Residents’ Association is also opposed to the construction of the bike path on the promenade, which it said would reduce the amount of space for pedestrians.
DBRA chairman Anthony Tregoning said the cycle path should instead be diverted along the road. Other residents suggested building the bike path across the road.
“We support the council’s determination to protect the safety of cyclists, but its current plan will put pedestrians at risk,” Tregoning said. “Is he prepared to compensate pedestrians injured in a bicycle accident? “
Mr Tregoning said other options would minimize the risks to cyclists and pedestrians. “They may be more expensive and less convenient, but one of them should be adopted,” he said.
Adrian Boss, community captain of Cycling Without Age, said the bike path was part of a regional bike path and “not just a local bike path”. He said the section of the boardwalk will separate walkers from cyclists and that the safety concerns of those who oppose the bike path are wrong.
“They are snobbish, narrow-minded and largely ignorant of issues of relative safety and fail to see or respect the needs of others who require reasonable and safe access to roads and trails,” he said.
The council spokesperson said it was not possible to put a cycle path on the road. “The current design balances the needs of all road users and provides a safe solution for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Cr Marano said development in the eastern suburbs of Sydney has been blocked by a small group of residents with a ‘not in my backyard’ mentality.
He said a short construction period in which pedestrians would have to walk across the road was a “small price to pay for the good of the whole community.”
The Rose Bay cycle path controversy follows a decision last week by the City of Sydney to ditch plans for a cycle path in the middle of Oxford Street.
The design of a new cycle ramp at the north end of the Sydney Harbor Bridge has also sparked controversy.
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