This week is Bike Week –the largest annual cycling festival in Queensland. Bike Week is organised by Bicycle Queensland and runs a program full of events both on and off the bike from 15 May to 22 May. Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) works collaboratively with various government departments, community organisations and groups to organise cycling events to promote cycling across Queensland.
Cycling provides a range of benefits to not only our health and well-being, but through benefits to our environment – by reducing traffic congestion and pollution. In order to promote this active transport mode, TMR is currently developing a new Queensland cycling strategy to replace the current Queensland cycle strategy 2011-2021. Through this strategy, we are looking to get more people cycling, more often, with an aim to double cycling’s share of commuter trips to work by 2021, and triple this by 2031.
In addition to the Queensland Cycle Strategy our department lead and coordinate a range of activities to get more people cycling across Queensland, including:
- delivery of the Cycling Infrastructure Program
- cycle network planning
- stakeholder engagement in the cycling community and across government
TMR North Coast District recently delivered some exciting projects to promote a strong and safe cycling culture around the wider Sunshine Coast area. A significant project was the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link Stage 1 which was completed in mid-March. This link provides cyclists with a new cycle path between the Ferny Grove Rail Station and through the Samford Forest. The new $3.5 million bike path travels on-road along a number of local streets from the Rail Station, and includes an off-road section through the Samford Forest. Stage 2 of the project is currently in the planning phase and will complete the 8.5km long path.
For more information on the Queensland Cycling Strategy and cycling infrastructure head to our cycling webpage.
Deputy Director General Miles Vass
TMR Cycling Champion