Labor releases cycling policy

The Premier yesterday released the Labor party’s cycling policy “On your bike: Getting more Queenslanders cycling”, which consists of four main points:

  1. Deliver the North Brisbane Cycleway, with $6 million to construct the Bowen Hills to Albion section and $320,000 to undertake detailed planning and develop the business case for remainder of the cycleway from Albion to Kedron Brook.
  2. Invest $1.75 million to deliver 900 secure bike parking spaces at key rail stations and bus stops.
  3. Invest $20 million in grants for local government to deliver regional cycling initiatives, targeted at regional rail trails and off-road cycling and mountain biking.
  4. Create a new offence of dangerous driving which deliberately or recklessly endangers a cyclist.

These actions are all very welcome, particularly given the CBD BUG’s campaigns for the North Brisbane Cycleway (previously known as the Northern Veloway), and to improve road rules.

There’s still plenty more we’d like to see the parties commit to, of course, but this announcement puts Labor in front of the LNP, which has yet to release a cycling policy. We’re watching the LNP and other parties closely to see if they will up the ante, particularly given that it’s Bike Week this week. If you haven’t already, please write to your local candidates to make sure they know that it’s important to you that cycling in your electorate be as safe and convenient as it can be.

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