Get on your bike, Queensland

Black and white, out-of-focus photo of a bike and rider on the road

Yesterday, the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Mark Bailey MP hosted a forum to help shape a new cycling strategy for Queensland.

The forum allowed cycling stakeholders from across Queensland to have their say, and for the Minister to hear first-hand what Queenslanders want for their cycling future.

Cycling has evolved a lot in the last few years and there are more people riding all sorts of bikes for all sorts of reasons, including:

  • getting to and from work, school and the shops
  • exploring cities and their history by bike
  • riding for fun, health, fitness and social connection
  • sports cycling
  • cycle tourism and rail trail riding.

The focus of the forum was to ensure that the voices of a broad range of bicycle riders were heard, including those from regional Queensland. Representatives from bicycle user groups from across Queensland made up the majority of the attendees.

Key non-government and academic organisations were also available to make sure that the latest thinking and international experience were on tap to guide discussions.

The input received will help shape a new cycling strategy for the state, reflecting the Queensland Government’s commitment to get more people cycling more often.

The new Queensland Cycling Strategy will set the direction for cycling in Queensland over the next 10 years. It will identify the priorities that we need to focus on to ensure that choosing to ride your bike is enjoyable, comfortable, healthy and safe wherever you live in this great state.

The new strategy will be accompanied by a two-year action plan that will focus practical and immediate actions that we need to do right now to get more people riding.

The ideas from the forum will drive the content of the new strategy and action plan which is expected to be released early in 2017.

For more information on the Queensland cycle strategy, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/cycling

Miles Vass
Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery)
TMR Cycling Champion