Boost for bikeways
IPSWICH cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from $300,000 in State funding for expanding the cycle network, including the iconic Brassall Bikeway, by June 2010.
Transport Minister Rachel Nolan and Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said the funding was part of the South East Queensland Cycle Network Program, under which the Bligh Government will inject $55 million into cycling infrastructure in the Ipswich and Toowoomba regions by 2026.
“This funding will deliver a network of cycle routes and supporting facilities forming a strategic cycle network across Ipswich,” Ms Nolan said.
“The expansion of the Ipswich cycle network will reduce traffic congestion and support the Bligh Government's long term strategy of cutting carbon emissions.
“Most bikeways can be used for cycling, jogging or walking, all healthy alternatives to get people around Ipswich without the need for cars.
“This funding is a real commitment by the State Government and the local council to healthy and pleasant alternatives to the use of private vehicles for transport,” Ms Nolan said.
Mr Wendt said construction would soon be underway to build another link to the $5.4 million Brassall Bikeway.