Bike groups get some hope
A “BICYCLE breakfast” held in Bundaberg yesterday was the first step to putting in place a cycle network plan for the region.
Representatives of the city's cycling groups met officials of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to talk about bringing a Queensland Cycle Strategy to the Wide Bay.
TMR is leading the development of the strategy, which will aim to encourage more daily cycling trips.
This will be done by connecting up existing cycle networks through working with local governments, ensuring all major transport projects include cycling facilities, delivering end-of-trip facilities and promoting cycling as an alternative to car use.
Roy Fraser, secretary of the Mad Cycologists social cycling group, said he felt the meeting was a good start to delivering better cycling facilities to the Bundaberg region.
Less than a week after learning the proposed Bundaberg-Bargara bikeway would not be built for at least 10 years, Mr Fraser said he was convinced the link to the coast would be built eventually.
“They're involving people like us so we can have a say in what we want,” he said.
Mr Fraser said all the cycling groups in the Bundaberg region were represented at the meeting.
He said it was important to formulate what cycling groups in the region wanted.
“If we're going to get funding we've got to go back to the state government with a plan,” he said.
“Our chances of getting funding would be much better.”