Toowoomba gets serious about planning
A Toowoomba Regional Council led cycling forum in late October was a great and well attended day in the beautiful garden city.
The Mayor Paul Antonio, Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor and Cr Chris Tait were some who attended all day, along with Toowoomba region BUG, BQ and other cycling stakeholders, including representatives from the state’s Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The overwhelming message was cycling is critical to Toowoomba, it needs to grow and is a great attribute for this regional capital of Toowoomba and the region, with some substantial opportunities being considered.
The opportunity even from the mega new Toowoomba Range Bypass does present a case for doing major cycling upgrades and very positive meetings took place between politicians, senior council bureaucrats and the state government.
There was genuine enthusiasm and cooperation to get some great projects on to the drawing board through other major infrastructure works.
Out-going Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said the meeting was the most positive he had attended in years.
“There’s a real desire to make Toowoomba a better place to cycle in, but there are some age-old trouble spots which have to be addressed now for the future.”
Mr Wilson congratulated all involved, especially Deputy Mayor and Chair of Infrastructure Carol Taylor, and Cr Chris Tait, Chair or Planning and Development, for their enthusiasm, reciprocated by all involved.