Bundaberg Regional Council has adopted an Active Transport Strategy 2020-25 to enable a healthy, safe and inclusive community.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the strategy provides a roadmap to develop, plan, construct and maintain a well connected and convenient active transportation network that meets the needs of all residents.
Active transportation includes footpaths, trails, cycleways and access for people with disabilities.
“We’ve achieved a lot in the past few years, and we want to build on that success,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Many people are aware that State Government funding has been provided for the Bundaberg to Gin Gin rail trail and Council is advocating for a cycle path to Bargara.
“This strategy reaches down to neighbourhood level. It identifies principles and opportunities to improve connections and accessibility in local areas, to the CBD in townships, sporting grounds and shopping centres.”
The Bundaberg Region currently has 116km of bicycle network pathways.
Council provides about $2.5 million in its budget each year to build and improve pathway infrastructure.
Additional routes which have been added to the 2020-25 strategy include:
- Faldt Street, Bundaberg, around the Multiplex and TAFE;
- Quay Street, East Bundaberg, to connect with the CBD;
- Lions Drive, Childers, to improve connections with the CBD for agricultural workers;
- Davidson Street, Bargara.
Council’s roads portfolio spokesman, deputy mayor Bill Trevor, said active transport is good for people’s health and the environment.
“An action plan is part of the strategy with priorities to audit cycleway signage, assess the condition of existing networks and identify demand for future improvements,” Cr Trevor said.
“A number of sites have been earmarked for development after the preliminary work is completed.
“Council appreciates there has been funding from the State Government for past projects through Works for Queensland and we’ll continue to explore external funding opportunities.”
The Active Transport Strategy can be downloaded here.
Great initiatives. If only more local councils were this progressive.
So so so excited to read this! That path looks nice and wide.
To have a cycle path to Bargara would be just amazing, I could ride to work!
To have a cycle path running parallel to the Isis Highway would save lives. Pity that isnt a consideration.
It would be a great asset if Council sealed the suburban roads from side to side to stop all the dust which blows into our homes during dry weather.
Who gives this council the right to waste money on not-needed projects?
Example Gin Gin council office
Gin Gin street upgrade
Gin Gin rail push bike track
If only you would finish the footpath from Durdins rd. to Causeway drive, the I could
ride my trike to the shops without fear of being run over. Come on Council, its only 60 meteres more
I walk along Telegraph road between Scotland street and the Ring Road. Every day there are people, dogs, push chairs and mobility scooters going along the road edge as there are only patches of pavement outside the more modern developments. Only yesterday I saw a gentleman on a mobility scooter have to drive into the road as a car had parked on the road side. This is with a lot of trucks and B doubles accessing Toll and the industrial area. What will it take to get a pavement finished along there?
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