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    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    New bicycle route to provide missing link in 150km Moreton Bay cycleway

    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    New bicycle route to provide missing link in 150km Moreton Bay cycleway

    The Queensland Government is planning a new 4.5km bicycle route that will connect local cycle networks in Nudgee, Nundah and Eagle Farm across the new Gateway Bridge to Brisbane's southern suburbs.

    Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt said today the new bikeway, planned to run from the new Gateway Bridge through Eagle Farm, would connect with existing cycle facilities along Kedron Brook, where Nudgee Road crosses Schultz Canal.

    "It will provide one of the missing links in the 150km Moreton Bay Cycleway that will eventually stretch from Bribie Island in the north to Redland Bay in the south,” Mr Pitt said.

    “It will also provide safer access for cyclists through having well-planned facilities, and encourage more people to get active and healthy by cycling.

    "When the new cycle link is open, people will be able to cycle from the second Gateway Bridge’s pedestrian and cycle path to the Kedron Brook off-road cycle path on a continuous cycle route consisting of a mix of on-road and off-road facilities.

    "This is an example of Main Roads' commitment to provide facilities for cyclists in our projects, and to support increased cycling and cycling safety in Queensland."

    Mr Pitt said Main Roads would work with the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Transport, Queensland Motorways, Australia Trade Coast, the Brisbane Airport Corporation and key stakeholders in the airport precinct to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach to cycleway planning in the area.

    This project provides access to the boundary of the airport precinct, which provides an opportunity for Brisbane Airport Corporation to develop further cycle links that connect to the broader cycle network in Brisbane.

    Local residents and cyclists will also be encouraged to have input into the planning project.

    "The project team is keen to hear from the local community and bikeway users about concerns and opportunities to consider during the planning of the bikeway project. Later in the year, the team will release a draft plan for community feedback."

    For more information or to provide feedback about the Gateway Bikeway project, community members can call the freecall project information line on 1800 268 257, email gatewaybikewayproject@mainroads.qld.gov.au or visit www.mainroads.qld.gov.au.

    Media contact: Minister Pitt’s Office 3227 8819