In response to a question asked on the Connecting Alice …

Comment on Northern mall and Parsons Street get top priority in revamp of town centre by Hal Duell.

In response to a question asked on the Connecting Alice website, Steve Thorne from Design Urban Pty Ltd has told me: “The initial revitalisation project has mainly focussed on Todd Mall and the north-south connections.”
He mentions that the Todd Mall is a shared zone, a point I hope Council will instruct its Rangers to take to heart when they next threaten to issue a fine for riding a bike in the mall.
He also mentions proposing a widened shared zone on Parsons Street that will link to cycle paths along the Todd River.
But any east / west connection between the existing shared pedestrian / bicycle paths on the Sturt Highway and the Todd River will need the Alice Springs Town Council to come on board.

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Northern mall and Parsons Street get top priority in revamp of town centre
There is a good pedestrian / bicycle track running along the west side of the Stuart Highway between Larapinta Dr and Wills Tce.
There is another one mirroring it running along the Todd River.
Does the Alice Springs Revitalisation Project have any plans to connect the two with a pedestrian / bicycle track running east / west through the new CAD?
A number of comments have been heard recently highlighting the misunderstanding and simmering animosity now existing between motorists and bicycles. This often comes bubbling to the surface at our roundabouts, of which the CAD has so many.
One way around this accident that seems to be waiting to happen might be a designated east / west bike track.


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Not a bad combination when celebrating the present and looking to the future.


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