Cyclists gather at the Cairns Esplanade on Monday morning . (ABC)-
Desperate cyclists have vowed to physically stop council workers removing part of a bike path under redevelopment on the Cairns Esplanade this week.
Around 10 members of the Cairns Bicycle Users Group (CBUG) gathered early Monday morning at the site as works started to make room for more carparks.
In October more than 300 riders used Ride2Work Day to protest Cairns Regional Council's original decision to tear up almost 300-metres of the path on the Esplanade.
The council have since changed their plans, opting to keep one lane open along the northern end.
But CBUG's Brynn Mathews says it is still too dangerous.
"It's a backward step in that we've got a segregated bicycle path that's separated from the traffic, it's going to encourage a lot more people to ride into town," he says.
"We've objected to it because it creates so many confrontation points between cars and cyclists.
"What they're proposing is a one-way south-bound bicycle path and a north-bound [path] mixed in with the traffic.
"To get onto that lane of the road you've got to cross in front of the traffic and to get off it you've got to cross in front again.
Mr Mathews says cyclists would go as far as physically obstructing workers if necessary.
"We're basically going to stand on them, sit on them, whatever to make the point that this is public property and we're the public," he says.
"We've done all the talking, we've been to all the consultations. They're not listening to us ... cycling infrastructure is the future. Car parking is the past."
But Cairns Mayor Bob Manning the concessions 'provide a good outcome for everybody'.
"Nothing's getting ripped up but we are going to reconfigure it. We've got a lane to allow the cyclists to still have a path through there but we will be able to bring in more parking," he says.
"It'll create more parking, particularly for mothers going to Muddy's playground."
Dated - 03.12.2012