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Lord Mayor releases plan to boost walking and cycling

29 November, 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today released his plan to boost walking and cycling trips to 20 per cent of all transport journeys in Brisbane during the next 15 years.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane was starting to see the results of his Administration’s plan to invest $100 million in bikeway infrastructure and complete almost 1100 kilometres of on and off road bikeways.

“Encouraging active transport is all part of Council’s balanced approach to reducing Brisbane’s traffic congestion and is a great way for residents to stay active and healthy,” Cr Quirk said.

“Cycling trips have increased by 96 per cent on weekends and 63 percent on weekdays between 2004 and 2010 while cycle trips have increased by 63 per cent and weekday cyclists are up by 30 per cent during the same period.

“Our award-winning Active School Travel program has seen single-family vehicle trips reduce by 35 per cent in 2010 and it’s great to see so many children walking and cycling to school.

“Fewer kids being driven to school means safer roads, less congestion and fitter, healthier students.”

Cr Quirk said 14 per cent of transport journeys in Brisbane were made by cycling or walking, but the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026, released today for community consultation, would help increase this to 20 per cent by 2026.

Walking trips would account for 15 per cent (up from 12.7 per cent) while cyclists would account for 5 per cent (up from 1.6 per cent) of all travel journeys.

Cr Quirk said the growth target was achievable with strong population growth predicted over the next 15 years, especially in inner city areas.

“The strategy will help people recognise the benefits of active transport in saving time, money and the environment and contributing to a healthier and more active city,” he said.

The draft Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026 includes five priorities to support Council’s vision for Brisbane to be Australia’s friendliest city for walking and cycling.

It aims to make active travel in Brisbane safer, more accessible and connected, create walking and cycling-friendly suburbs and provide information through a number of new media initiatives.

Information would be made available in languages other than English, an online hub would be created with easy access to maps and route planning that would also be available on smartphones.

The draft strategy seeks to expand the Active School Travel program to include high schools and training courses to boost cycling confidence.

Consultation on the draft Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026 commences next week and closes in late February. The strategy will be available next week at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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