Healthy travel future for Thursday Island
Bicycle Queensland has welcomed news this morning that Thursday Island locals are set to benefit from more than $1 million in additional cycleway funding.
Stage 3 of the Thursday Island Cycleway will be funded this year as part of the Cycle Network and Local Government Grants Program for 2018-19.
Stage 3 is worth $1.38 million and will add 750m to the network. Stage 1 and 2 are worth $1.26 million and $985,000 respectively.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the funding was excellent news for healthy travel in Thursday Island.
“The new cycleway will make travel by bike faster and safer, while improving the fitness and health of the local community,” Ms Savage said.
“As the result ongoing and increasing investment in bikeway infrastructure, we’re excited to see more Queenslanders taking advantage of the health and convenience of cycling – for fun, to socialise, and to experience our culturally diverse communities and natural environment.
“On average, every dollar we invest in bicycle infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.
“The new cycleway will be a valuable asset for the whole community to enjoy and we hope it encourages more people to take up riding.
“Funding for this vital piece of community infrastructure has also resulted in a boost for local training and employment opportunities.”
Stage 1 or the cyleway is due to be completed by the end of this financial year, with Stage 2 due for completion before the end of next financial year.
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