Powering the economy
Getting more people cycling, more often will help power Queensland’s economy and revitalise local communities. Well-planned cycling infrastructure pays itself off in health benefits and reduced traffic congestion. Cycling and cycling events can also promote jobs, increase tourism and contribute revenue to local businesses.
Whole countries to small towns all around the world have invested in cycling with substantial benefits to their economies, jobs and transport systems. Investing in cycling as a mode of transport for recreation and tourism will help to power Queensland’s economy.
We will power the cycling economy across two key action areas:
We will support cycle tourism across the state. Over the next two years we will focus on the following actions.
|Invest $14 million over four years to develop and implement a program to develop, deliver and manage rail trails in partnership with local governments on state-owned disused rail corridors across the state.|
|Deliver the missing link between Toogoolawah and Moore to complete the 161 kilometre Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, a recreational trail that follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy.|
|Publish a discussion paper about developing long distance bicycle touring routes in Queensland, identifying opportunities and taking into consideration national and international best practice.|
|Investigate the feasibility of an iconic cycling route from Brisbane to Gold Coast that could increase transport, recreation, tourism and economic opportunities for the region. This would build on the existing Veloway 1 cycleway.|
|Investigate improvements for submission, processing, approval and monitoring of permits required to control traffic and to provide access to road corridor such as those for on-road cycling races to make permitting requirements simpler and more time efficient.|
|Investigate new model for control of traffic in very low risk road environments to reduce the cost and time burden for organisers of special events where there is a requirement to control traffic.|
|Investigate options to support the growth of active tourism in Queensland.|
We will promote the benefits of cycling to local and state economies and look at ways of supporting bike-friendly businesses. Over the next two years we will focus on the following actions.
|Deliver a series of research papers on how cycling can support economic development at the local and state level. Research topics include:
|Investigate options to support and recognise businesses who provide a welcoming environment and facilities for cyclists, including employees, customers and the community to help support creation of more cycle-friendly destinations and workplaces.|
Continue exploring our priorities for cycling in Queensland
Data will enable us to track our progress in embedding cycling into Queensland’s transport system, culture, communities and economy.