Joint State & Council investment a big boost for bikes

February 27th, 2018

Bicycle Queensland has welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to improving cycling infrastructure in Mackay, with funding for upgraded shared paths announced today.

The works are part of the Government’s $17 million investment to support the delivery of safe cycling infrastructure by local governments across the state in 2017-18.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, said works to upgrade three major shared pathways in the region would encourage more people to cycle more often.

“We commend the State Government and Mackay Regional Council for investing in active transport and supporting the delivery of safe cycling infrastructure,” Ms Savage said.

“This is a great example of how cross-government collaboration can deliver big benefits for regional communities.

“This joint investment of over $1 million will make safe cycling easier in Mackay, significantly boosting bike trips and improving community health.”

Upgrades to two new sections of the Bluewater Trail have already been completed and works are currently underway on another path between Old Eimeo Road and Melanie Street in Eimeo.

“These works will ensure cyclists and pedestrians have safer access to facilities in the region, including Eimeo Road State School,” Ms Savage said.

“Evidence shows a resounding majority of Queenslanders want more off-road paths and bikeways (67%), and better connections between bike paths and schools, shops, pools, and parks.

“This investment will provide a safe cycle link in a growing residential area, empowering active transport, encouraging the Mackay community to cycle for fun and fitness, and reducing the impact of cars on the environment.”

Ms Savage said the completed works were already enabling active transport, providing better local road connectivity, and significantly enhancing local accessibility and amenity.

“The path at Bridge Road links to local sporting and recreational facilities including Mackay Stadium, and the Quota Park path completes a missing link along Binnington Esplanade between Bridge Road and Kippen Street,” she said.



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