Bike path a pretty rough ride

December 02, 2017

Moama bike rider Paul Thorpe is calling for council to look after its bike path. Photo: Tyla Harrington

Moama's Paul Thorpe believes camers should be installed on the Echuca-Moama bridge to deter vandals. Photo: Tyla Harrington

Moama bike rider Paul Thorpe is calling for council to look after its bike path. Photo: Tyla Harrington

Moama bike rider Paul Thorpe (pictured on Twenty Four Lane, Moama) is calling for council to look after its bike path. Photo: Tyla Harrington

MOAMA’S Paul Thorpe is desperate for Murray River Council to maintain its bike path.

Mr Thorpe is in his 70s and rides his bike about three times a week.

He said the condition of the path at the moment was not good enough.

‘‘There needs to be some sort of program where maybe they maintain a section at a time because there needs to be upkeep,’’ Mr Thorpe said.

‘‘It was really bad but they’ve sprayed it (to kill weeds). It’s like this in several spots all the way from here (on Twenty Four Lane) until you get to the RSL turn off.

‘‘You’ve got to be fair because in one way they’ve done a great thing by putting all the bike tracks in because they go all the way out to Five Mile.

‘‘That is a good thing but I would say it’s well below average and on a scale of one to 10 it’s about a two or a three.’’

While some of the path is sealed, in an ideal world Mr Thorpe would like for it all to be.

Because at the moment he said it was ‘‘almost guaranteed’’ a bindi-eye would end up in your tyre if you were riding the path in its entirety.

Council engineering director Johan Louw said the path was 3.5km long, starting from Twenty Four Lane and ending at Five Mile Reserve.

He said weed spraying was carried out six to eight weeks ago.

‘‘Council also sprays after the spring rain,’’ Mr Louw said.

‘‘A follow up spray will be completed before the Christmas break, possibly within the next two weeks.’’

Mr Louw said council’s budget allowed for hot mix seal for the next four years and priority would be given to urban paths which have more users.

Bike riders in Moama use the footpath along the Echuca-Moama bridge to enter Echuca. Mr Thorpe said graffiti on the footpath was an eyesore and he believes cameras should be installed to deter vandals.

‘‘Most people would find it offensive and most people would see it as a sign the environment is not being cared for,’’ he said.

‘‘Perhaps there needs to be cameras because it is a very secluded place and maybe there needs to be a designated place where people can graffiti because I do understand it is an art form.

‘‘Most importantly, we need it cleaned up. If they contract someone to spray over the top of it then those people will get a shock.’’

Council’s planning, environment and economic development director Simon Arkinstall said council had considered installing cameras on the Echuca-Moama bridge.

‘‘Council has previously applied for funding to install CCTV cameras on the bridge but was unsuccessful. That proposed project was near $100,000,’’ he said.

‘‘Council will now submit a new application for funding under the community safety fund to install CCTV cameras on the bridge.’’

Mr Louw said graffiti was removed along the footpath a week ago.

‘‘We are aware there is graffiti under the bridge on the concrete columns. RMS will be notified, as this is their asset,’’ he said.

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