New bikeways for Cairns Region
Cairns Regional Council is forging ahead in its commitment to the region becoming more cycling friendly with three major projects currently underway within Cairns and nearby towns.
With only a little more work to go, local Councillor and cycling advocate Richie Bates describes the inner-city Mann Street Cycleway as “a fabulous project jointly funded by Council and TMR.” This 4km long, 3m wide, off-road bikeway sees cyclists given priority at road crossings with road traffic reduced to 40km/h in places. The $1.35 million project was fast tracked as a pilot project under the Queensland Government’s Priority Cycle Route Improvement Program.
Closer to the coast, the council have secured $5 million in funding to extend the Northern Beaches Leisure Way. Funding is split between council ($2.5 million) and TMR ($2.5 million). Council have allocated $200,000 for the design phase which is complicated by having to design a bikeway to withstand cyclonic weather conditions. When complete, the path will run along the northern beaches foreshore from Palm Cove to Trinity Beach. The previously completed Clifton Beach section, which lies between the two suburbs, will form part of this larger trail.
Council’s most ambitious project is the Wangatti Trail Project, which aims to create a long-distance mountain bike trail from Palm Cove to Port Douglas. The trail is being designed by Glen Jacobs, the man behind the mountain bike trails at Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Hidden Vale. Two independent contractors have been engaged to develop a concept plan and undertake an economic and social impact analysis of the project. Mr Bates says the reports are due soon and they expect to enter the design phase in 2017. Take a sneak peek at the concept here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUUWTb6oliQ