$58 million bike riding boost
October 29, 2020
A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will invest more than $58 million this year in new and improved bike riding and rail trail projects across the state, as part of the annual Transport and Roads Investment Program.
With more Queenslanders riding bikes than ever before, the Palaszczuk Labor Government will continue its strong record of investing in active transport.
Among the projects to be funded is a $22.5 million commitment to fill in gaps on the popular Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point to create an unbroken bike and pedestrian path linking Kangaroo Point and Mowbray Park.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said more than 250 bike riding projects had been funded by her government since 2015.
“Campbell Newman and the LNP turned their nose up investing in bike riding, dismissing those projects as ‘gold plating’ and ripping $100 million out of Queensland’s active transport budget,” he said.
“We restored funding when we were elected in 2015 and since then have championed investments to support more than 800,000 Queenslanders who ride their bike every week.
“We also know that on average, every dollar we invest brings in economic benefits to Queensland through better health outcomes and congestion reduction – and jobs.
“In 2018, we expanded the cycle network grants program to ensure planning and investment in bike riding would happen across the entire state, not just in south east Queensland.
“Queenslanders can depend on Labor to work cooperatively with local councils and bike riding groups to prioritise and build projects that the community wants.”
Mr Bailey said Labor’s move to establish the Active Transport Advisory Committee with Brisbane City Council demonstrated its support for more people to try bike riding.
“Since 2015, Labor has invested over $168 million in bike infrastructure and programs,” he said.
“That includes building stages of the Veloway 1 to open up an almost uninterrupted 17km ride from Eight Mile Plains to the Brisbane CBD and building new links in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Yeppoon and Mission Beach.
“Labor has also delivered on our 2017 election commitment to establish a $14 million rail trail fund - to kickstart rail trail development across the state in partnership with local governments that is developing 17 potential rail trail projects.
“We’re doing the planning now on eight new rail trail projects that will deliver almost 400km of new bike trails for locals and tourists to explore across our state.”