Bike riders get a smooth ride from grant funding

A lady stops her bike to look at a cycle counter and a young man rides on a dedicated cycle path
Cycling infrastructure at Mayes canal on the Sunshine Coast

Overview of action

Action 1.3, Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017–2019
Status: complete

Invest $40 million through the Cycling Infrastructure Program to accelerate delivery of the highest-priority routes on the local government-controlled portions of the principal cycle network, by providing grants for:

  • design and construction of cycling and supporting infrastructure
  • delivery of long links with targeted promotion to boost cycling participation
  • planning to develop a pipeline of high-priority projects.

Achievements

The Department of Transport and Main Roads committed over $41.6 million in funding for grants to local governments across 2017-18 and 2018-19 with $38.1 million allocated to support the delivery of 152 projects that will promote, design and deliver more than 105 kilometres of the principal cycle network on local government-controlled facilities when complete.

Over the two years, 81 projects were completed with over 54km of new network delivered on priority and regionally significant routes across the state with projects including:

  • Caboolture to Wamuran rail trail
  • Mooloolaba to Minyama (Mayes Canal) Bridge
  • Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway
  • Thursday Island shared paths
  • Argyle Park Road shared path in the Whitsundays.

The remaining projects will deliver a further 51km of network including works on the Brassall Bikeway in Ipswich and the new Slacks Creek link in Logan and more than 30km across regional Queensland with works including extensions to the Thursday Island shared path and links to the harbour in Mackay.

Investing in and promoting new bike riding infrastructure in regional areas across the state makes it safer and easier for more Queenslanders to hop on their bikes for a healthier lifestyle.

The projects we supported across 2017-19 complement the $55 million commitment by the Queensland Government towards high priority infrastructure on state-controlled portions of the principal cycle network (see Action 1.4).

Funding remaining out of the $41.6 million commitment has been rolled-over and made available for future projects.

Lead agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Next steps

Over the next 2 years, we will continue to deliver and invest in high priority infrastructure projects on our principal cycle network.