Media Statement: State of the Art Cycle Centre planned for the city

Ministerial Media Statements

Minister for Transport & Main Roads

The Honourable Paul Lucas

Thursday, May 04, 2006

State of the Art Cycle Centre planned for the city

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas have today announced plans to create a world-class bike facility to kick-start a healthier city heart.

Speaking at the Obesity Summit at Parliament House, the Premier described the end-of- trip facility planned for Brisbane’s King George Square car park as a place cyclists can park their ride, freshen up and get ready for work, as well as make bike repairs for the journey home.

“The Lord Mayor and I know only too well the benefits of beginning the day by getting outside for some exercise and it’s pretty clear that the best way to get your mind into gear for a busy day is starting with outdoor exercise,” Mr Beattie said.

Mr Beattie said the new Cycle Centre planned for Brisbane’s CBD would mean more people who worked in the city would soon be able to make getting to work their daily exercise.

“This facility will feature 432 secure storage facilities for cyclists and walkers, shower and change facilities, hair-drying stations, bike repair facilities and a drop off point for laundry. All these facilities will be under the one roof, so it’ll be a one-stop shop for the city’s health conscious,” Mr Beattie said.

Councillor Newman said Brisbane had a wonderful subtropical climate with some of the most tempting parks and riverside stretches begging for people to get outside and enjoy.

“Delivering a first-rate cycling centre in the heart of our city will be another step on the road to realising one of the key goals of the Draft CityCentre Masterplan – creating a smart thinking, pedestrian and cycling friendly city,” Cr Newman said.

Cr Newman said a lack of suitable storage and change facilities for the city’s growing number of joggers, walkers and cyclists had been a major impediment for people who wanted to cycle or jog to work.

“The construction of a world class end-of-trip cycling facility was one of my key policy initiatives and I’m delighted to work with the State Government in a collaborative and cooperative way to deliver important social and green transport infrastructure for our city and its visitors,” Cr Newman said

Minister Lucas said Governments at all levels were realising the benefits of cycling and other green modes of transport.

“The development of an end-of-trip cycling facility is a great way to tackle head-on some of the 21st century’s increasing community problems, like increasing obesity and declining health condition and fitness levels,” Mr Lucas said.

Mr Lucas said there were also wider benefits to the community and workplaces – with studies showing cyclists were generally more punctual, take less sick days and have increased productivity.

“This is a win-win for workers and their employers,” Mr Lucas said.

Mr Lucas said construction of the proposed Cycle Centre would coincide with the construction of the final link of the Inner Northern Busway (INB), which is another joint project between the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government.

“The INB will improve journey times for buses servicing the northern suburbs,” Mr Lucas said.

The facility, due for completion in 2008, is expected to cost about $4.6 million.

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Media Contacts:

Premier’s Office 3224 4500

Minister’s Office 3237 1947

Lord Mayor’s Office – Francis Quinlivan – 0408 709 160

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