Community gets behind cycle loop track

Last updated 11:45 20/02/2014

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A cycleway from Roxburgh to Lake Roxburgh along State Highway 8 is close to reality and has the support of almost everyone along its route.

Coal Creek Cycleway Trust chairman Fred Jeffery said all the legal and design work had been done, they had quotes for the construction and it only left the funding to find before it was in place.

"Hopefully it will be done before winter and the weather makes construction more difficult," Mr Jeffery said.

The track would continue from Fairview Orchard, where the present track maintained by the Teviot Valley Community Board stops, along the west side of the road to The Packhouse where a straight stretch of road would give clear visibility to cross and continue on the east side to Lake Roxburgh Village.

Mr Jeffery said there are already a lot of cyclists using this road, "and it is not safe with the heavy traffic that uses it".

When completed the track would create a loop in conjunction with the new Clutha Gold Trail and people could park in Roxburgh, cycle the loop and shop or have coffee in Roxburgh before continuing to Millers Flat and Beaumont.

Mr Jeffery would not say how much it would cost but was pleased with the quotes they had received and several people had already donated to the cost.

Twenty-five people from along the Coal Creek Flat were trustees and would continue funding applications soon.

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