Despite the decrease in commuters as a result of the pandemic bicycle and scooter users are struggling to find spaces to safely store their devices at train stations across the Central Coast.
This week Jo Haylen MP, Shadow Minister for Active Transport and Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford met with concerned commuters to discuss the lack of bike and scooter infrastructure at Central Coast train stations.
Currently Koolewong and Tascott Station have no bicycle sheds or lockers, there are only four lockers at Point Clare Station, only six lockers at Narara Station, while Gosford Station has only 8 secure lockers and 38 shed spaces and Woy Woy Station has 51 shed spaces and 20 lockers, with only four currently available.
Ms Haylen said “The Premier is telling families to ride to and from work, or their local train station, but her own Government is failing to put up the money that is required to make this happen.
“If the Government are serious about encouraging people to walk or ride, they need to build the bike sheds and lockers this community is crying out for.
“Building this infrastructure won’t just make it easier to ride to and from stations’, it’ll also create local jobs at a time when they are most needed.”
Ms Tesch says the lack of storage infrastructure is already proving a problem.
“The storage infrastructure at train stations across the Central Coast has consequently forced more people into their cars because cycling to the station is simply not feasible or practical.”
“The State Government has spent money forming the shared pathways to enable people to cycle or use their scooters safely and practically, yet they have failed to provide the infrastructure to actually put this scheme into practice.”
“Plans need to be planned out and followed through at every intersection so we can actually put the infrastructure to good use.”
“Right now the Government has only half done the job and failed to practically plan to put initiatives into practice.