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Investing in an active Queensland

Active Transport Investment Program – helping guide the delivery of a connected cycle network

Principal Cycle Network Plans provide a blueprint for a connected network of core cycling routes across Queensland. The maps show more than 10,400 kilometres of Principal Cycle Network and cover 53 local government areas and more than 99 per cent of Queensland. Priority Route Maps help guide delivery of a connected cycle network and assist in prioritising grants for infrastructure available under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

The department's Active Transport Investment Program has been in place since 2006 and is a major funding initiative to accelerate delivery of the Principal Cycle Network and encourage people to ride bikes more often. More people riding benefits everyone through better health, a better transport system, and better communities. On average, every $1 invested in bike infrastructure returns about $5 in economic benefits to Queensland through better health outcomes and congestion reduction.

Over $73.8 million was committed through the Active Transport Investment Program for bike riding infrastructure, planning and programs, and for walking initiatives across Queensland in 2019–20.

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Active transport rail trails

This program provides funding to 2020–21 to support local governments to develop trails for bike riding, walking and horse riding on disused rail corridors. The program has funded eight feasibility studies, five have been completed. The 2019–20 program included the following feasibility studies:

  • $48,000 to South Burnett Regional Council for the Murgon to Proston rail trail, completed in 2019–20
  • $97,688 to Mareeba Shire Council for the Mareeba to Walkamin rail trail, completed in January 2020
  • $200,000 to Logan City Council for Logan Village to Yarrabilba rail trail, due for completion in 2019–20
  • $131,650 to Moreton Bay Regional Council for Wamuran to Woodford rail trail, due for completion in 2019–20
  • $225,354 to Livingston Shire Council for the Pineapple (Yeppoon to Mount Chalmers) rail trail, due for completion in 2020
  • $66,000 to Fraser Coast Regional Council for the Mary to the Bay (Urraween to Colton) rail trail, completed in July 2019.

Cycling Works program – building bike infrastructure

This program provides on-going capital funding for the development of bike infrastructure on the state-controlled Principal Cycle Network. It has funded more than 40 major state bike riding facilities since 2006, delivering more than 64 kilometres of network with over $150 million invested. Examples of projects that have either started construction or were delivered in 2019–20 under the Cycling Works program are:

  • Veloway 1 Stage E, Brisbane completed in June 2020
  • North Brisbane Bikeway Stages 2 and 3, Brisbane completed in March 2020
  • New England Highway (CBD–Highfields) cycleway, Toowoomba commenced construction in October 2019
  • Ron Camm Bridge to Bluewater Trail connection, Mackay completed in July 2019.

Cycle network – local government grants

This program provides capital grant funding to local governments for the development of cycling infrastructure on the locally controlled Principal Cycle Network. Funding is provided on a dollar for dollar matched basis (50 per cent) with local government responsible for delivery and ownership of the facilities. This program has funded 593 projects since 2006, delivering around 524 kilometres of network through a commitment of more than $194 million from the Queensland Government.

Examples of projects that have either started construction or were delivered by local governments in 2019–20 are:

  • Livingstone Shire Council for the design and construction of the Kemp Beach shared path, Rosslyn, Mulambin Road–Wildin Way, completed in December 2019
  • Redland City Council for the construction of the Moreton Bay Cycleway Victoria Point (Cameron Court–Point O'Halloran Road) Stage 1, completed in October 2019.

The Community and Stakeholder Engagement Guide was developed to support the delivery of consistent and effective community and stakeholder engagement for projects funded by the Active Transport Investment Program.

The guide was developed following comprehensive public participation involving local governments, bicycle user groups, members of the Queensland Cycling Advisory Group, bike riders, and department staff.

Cycling action plan delivers for Queenslanders

The Queensland Government is two years into the delivery of the 10 year Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017–2027 and the vision of ‘more cycling more often’.

The first cycling action plan was released with the strategy, containing practical, targeted actions for communities across Queensland. In collaboration with bike riders, local governments, and other stakeholders 60 actions have been delivered.

Investment in connected infrastructure is just one of the many achievements under the action plan. Over $63.6 million was committed towards building, connecting and promoting riding networks in 2019–20 with more than 27 kilometres of new infrastructure built.

The department has collaborated with stakeholders to develop the second cycling action plan, building on the actions delivered under the Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017–2019. The new plan will be published with a new report on the state of cycling in Queensland.

Read more about our cycling strategy.

Queensland walking strategy – on the path to more walking

Queensland’s first walking strategy was launched in August 2019, supported by an investment of $2 million over three years.

The Queensland Walking Strategy 2019–2029 provides the framework for promoting walking as an accessible, active transport mode, delivering health benefits for Queenslanders, and access to important destinations such as schools, shops, and public transport.

The strategy was developed following extensive consultation with community members and stakeholders including groups representing people with disabilities.

It harnesses efforts across government to deliver the plan and its 44 initiatives across four priority areas – planning, building, encouraging, and working together.

Several actions have been completed including releasing neighbourhood design and planning guidance for healthy, liveable communities, and a pilot of the use of inclusive mapping methods to provide better accessibility information for people with mobility impairments.

Read more about the Queensland Walking Strategy.

Read more about disability access and mobility.