Shortage of bicycle paths in Beaudesert leaves mother frustrated

NO PATHS, NO PLAY: Sisters Sarah and Claudia Wyatt ride to school every morning and wish there were more paths to use in town.Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
NO PATHS, NO PLAY: Sisters Sarah and Claudia Wyatt ride to school every morning and wish there were more paths to use in town.Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

A Beaudesert mother has expressed her frustration about the lack of bicycle infrastructure in town.

Fiona Wyatt and her two daughters ride their bicycles to St Mary’s Primary School every morning.

Ms Wyatt said she was annoyed her children could not ride as much as they would like due to the shortage of bike lanes and limited footpaths.

“We started riding this year because Sara and Claudia got new bikes for Christmas,” she said.

“I noticed that there is hardly any bike paths and even some footpaths start somewhere and go nowhere, they suddenly finish in the middle of a road.”

Ms Wyatt said if there were more paths to ride safely, she believed more children in town would be using bicycles to get to and from school.

“There is a bike rack at St Mary’s and only three bikes there in the morning, two of those belong to us,” she said.

Beaudesert Cycling Club Rick Gillow said the shortage of bike paths in Beaudesert was an ongoing issue the group had faced.

“Members of the club met with council before the last election about more access for bike paths or verges on roads for their own safety,” he said.

“I understand that sometimes funds aren’t always available but as long as they can put a wide enough verge on the side of the road for us to ride safely and without interfering with cars, we would be very happy.”

Mr Gillow said there were only two existing bike paths on Tina Street and at Oakland Estate and some verges were too narrow to ride on.

Division 4 councillor Michael Enright said he was aware some verges are not wide enough and foot paths upbruptly stop in the middle of several streets in Beaudesert.

“Council acknowledges that there are incomplete linkages in the footpath network and it is committed to addressing these historic anomalies over time.”

Mr Enright said council doubled its annual expenditure on footpath improvements in the 2016-17 Budget to $550,000 which will deliver key upgrades in six communities this year.

“Council has made a significant and ongoing investment towards improving the region's footpath network, particularly in Beaudesert,” he said.

The extension of the network included a path from Beaudesert State High School to Gleneagle across Waters Creek and extension of the footpath network along Brisbane St and McKee St, around the perimeter of Jubilee Park.

Mr Enright said there was currently a network of footpaths and bike ways in the region with more than 70 kilometres in length.