Cairns City to Palm Cove cycleway a boost for active travel
Bicycle Queensland has welcomed news that Cairns Regional Council will invest around $13 million over two years to create a cycle link from Cairns City to Palm Cove.
The Northern Beaches Leisure Trail will take shape in two major stages, with $7.7 million to be spent on works between Trinity Beach and Palm Cove in 2018-19, and detailed design and start of construction of the Barr Creek Bridge to connect Machans Beach and Holloways Beach.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the works were excellent news for riders who commute from the northern beaches into the city for work, as well as for local tourists.
“The link will provide a massive boost for tourism and a great way for the community to travel around one of Australia’s most popular coastal cities,” she said.
“This new cycle link will be fast, fabulous, and free to ride, preserving the natural environment and enabling locals and tourists to see everything that Cairns has to offer.
“Council’s investment in bicycle infrastructure will encourage more people to take up active travel for health, convenience and fun.
“It will be a valuable asset for the whole community to enjoy.”
Ms Savage commended Cairns Regional Council for investing in a healthy transport future.
“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,” Ms Savage said.
“Projects such as the Cairns city to Palm Cove cycleway will contribute to a healthy, safe, and sustainable travel future, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.”
Works on the Kewarra Beach segment of the trail are due to start this week and consultants have been engaged to finalise design for the Machans-Holloways Beach link, with construction expected to start this coming financial year.
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