Queensland to release cycling grant funding
The Government of Queensland in Australia has invited local governments across the state to apply for grant funding for cycling infrastructure projects.
The Cycle Network Local Government Grants programme, which intends to help build a safer and more connected cycle network across the state, have started accepting applications.
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said: “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in cycling infrastructure to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes across Queensland.
“The Cycle Network Local Government Grants programme provides funding to councils for local cycling infrastructure projects.
“Successful projects will deliver better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle.
“The previous round of cycle grants is building almost 50km of cycling infrastructure across Queensland.”
The councils can apply for state matched funding for projects if the area had an endorsed Principal Cycle Network Plan (PCNP).
A PCNP identifies the best way to achieve a connected cycle network by mapping current and future cycle routes.
Bailey further noted: “48 local governments in Queensland have a PNCP from Torres Shire Council to Goondiwindi Regional Council and City of Gold Coast Council.
“Investment in safer cycling infrastructure helps people to enjoy active and healthy travel around their community.”
Bailey further added that more than 760,000 Queenslanders ride a bicycle each week, and Queensland government has invested nearly A$37m ($27.9m) into cycling infrastructure in 2015-16 across Queensland.