The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is developing a new cycling strategy for the state, reflecting the Queensland Government’s commitment to get more people cycling more often.
We know that around 760,000 Queenslanders ride a bike each week and another 1.53 million would ride if the conditions were right. It is vital our current and future cyclists are supported by good planning and investment in safe cycling infrastructure.
What we have been up to
Since April 2016, we have consulted with a wide variety of people across the state, including those living in regional locations, to hear first-hand what Queenslanders want for their cycling future.
As part of this process we have:
- conducted an online survey, with more than 5300 responses received
- received 70 written submissions
- held detailed discussions with Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) and representatives from state and local government.
Queensland Cycling Forum
On 25 August 2016, the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Mark Bailey brought together key stakeholders from across the state for the Queensland Cycling Forum, held at Parliament House, Brisbane. The list of attendees included representatives from:
- Peak cycling bodies
- Non-government organisations
- Royal Automobile Club of Queensland
The forum was an opportunity for participants to provide further input and advice on priorities and actions for us to consider in developing the new Queensland Cycling Strategy.
What we have heard
During public consultations we heard from people who cycle, people who want to cycle, men and women, seniors and young people from all over Queensland.
You told us that:
- More and better connected cycling infrastructure is the most important priority for building a strong cycling state. Innovative planning should deliver a network of complete, safe, direct and connected routes.
- There is overwhelming support for greater investment in cycling infrastructure which is physically separated from motorised traffic. It should also be better signed and include better end of trip facilities to help make cycling a more accessible and convenient travel option for everyone.
- Better awareness and guidance of the road rules is needed to help cyclists and motorists share the road safely. There were also calls for continuing motorist awareness campaigns and developing research and open data collection to support a more harmonious road environment.
- Bicycle education should be tailored towards skills training to help people know how and where to ride a bike safely and confidently regardless of their motivation for riding, or preferred riding style.
- Targeted promotion of the many benefits of cycling, such as the positive impact on health, the environment and congestion levels, may encourage more people to ride for transport, health, fitness and recreation and build a more positive cycling culture for Queensland. Incentives to get people cycling should also be considered.
- Stakeholders and communities want to see governments at all levels working more closely together to improve cycling in cities, towns and regional areas across the state.
We are listening to your call for action to improve cycling outcomes for the Queensland community.
The input we have received so far will inform the development of the new Queensland Cycling Strategy, which will set the strategic direction for cycling in Queensland over the next 10 years.
The strategy will also include a two-year action plan which will focus on the practical actions we need to do right now to encourage more people to cycle more often.
A State of Cycling in Queensland report will also be published every two years to track our progress towards achieving this vision.
The new cycling strategy is expected to be released in mid-2017.
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