RIDE READY: Sharyn Moodie is pleased to hear a new shared path is coming to Emu Park.
RIDE READY: Sharyn Moodie is pleased to hear a new shared path is coming to Emu Park. Contributed

New path will mostly be used by school kids and grey nomads

WHEN Emu Park's Sharyn Moodie jumps on her bike and goes for a ride, she relives her childhood days.

From a young age Sharyn has always loved riding a bike and has become a regular pushbike rider for the last 20 years, putting her foot on the pedal at least three times a week.

The local sonographer loves being out in the open air and keeping fit and healthy at the same time, which is why Sharyn is looking forward to the $105,000 Emu Park cycling project set to commence early next year.

It was announced last week that the Palaszczuk Government had invested $105,000 into a new shared cycling path along Emu Park's Hill St, between Pattison and Harley St roundabouts, as part of the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.

Sharyn, a member of the Capricorn Coast Bicycle Users Group, said the more paths for cyclists the better.

"This new path will mostly be used by school kids and grey nomads to the area, so it will be very beneficial for the town," she said. "The tourists will really like it and it will also keep school kids off the main drag, which is a lot safer than the current path as there is a section of the path from the Hartley Street roundabout where you have to ride on the road, so it will link up two areas in a very safe way.

"The more kids we can get on bikes earlier the better. It would be great to see more kids riding their bikes to school. I also think we need a path from Emu Park to Yeppoon as I often ride from home to work and I think more people would be out riding if there was a path that linked right through to Yeppoon."

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said in Parliament last week the project was one of 12 to receive funding through the latest round of the program.



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