Mayoral candidate Dominic Doblo, third from left, discusses his plans with Kenrick Tucker, Petros Khalesirad, Tom Wyatt and Russell Tucker.
Mayoral candidate Dominic Doblo, third from left, discusses his plans with Kenrick Tucker, Petros Khalesirad, Tom Wyatt and Russell Tucker. Allan Reinikka

Doblo pedals cycling network

HE might not appear to be a typical cyclist, but Dominic Doblo reckons he's hit upon an affordable way to open up Rockhampton to pedal power.

The candidate for mayor says a council under his control would create a safe route linking Kershaw Gardens and the Botanic Gardens that would be ideal for bikes, joggers, walkers and roller bladers.

"My family and I have enjoyed riding our bikes in some of our region's beautiful locations.

"But it is concerning when you talk to cycling identities like Kenrick Tucker and his family don't feel it is safe for kids to ride to school," said Mr Doblo as he announced his vision.

He said he wanted to use existing paths and fill in the gaps with new ones to create the route as the first stage in a network that would eventually link Yeppen to Yeppoon.

Former council parks and gardens supremo Tom Wyatt said the plan revived a program started many years ago under Jim Webber but which had fallen off the radar.

"It need not be expensive but it will be great for children.

"If we want to fight obesity and get people enjoying our open spaces then we have to get kids doing something safe which they can enjoy," he said.

The proposal also has the backing of Mr Tucker and businessman Petros Khalesirad who said he believed the business community would support it with sponsorship.

"There's no logic to the current system.

"We have some paths but they don't join up and for keen cyclists that's a real shame," he said.

Mr Tucker said he would like to see a network of paths that would allow workers the option of leaving the car at home and going to and from work by bike.

Mr Doblo said he would be riding the proposed route on Saturday and would be delighted to meet people to explain his plans.

"We will be leaving from Kershaw Gardens at 7am and when we get to the Botanic Gardens there will be a free continental breakfast.

"If you can't join us on the ride, join us at the end and talk to Tom," Mr Doblo said.



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