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    Transport and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Have your say on Samford to Ferny Grove Cycleway

    Transport and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, December 01, 2011

    Have your say on Samford to Ferny Grove Cycleway

    Samford residents can have their say in the design of a new cycle route at one of two community information sessions this month.

    Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said a new cycle route had been proposed between Samford Village and Ferny Grove Railway Station, which required a detailed understanding of the key issues and needs for cyclists in the area.

    “This cycleway will be a welcome addition to sustainable transport infrastructure in the Samford and Ferny Grove areas,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It will provide an excellent alternative transport choice for commuters boarding the Ferny Grove train to the city, as well as for students who attend schools in Ferny Grove.

    “Designers are currently considering two cycle route alternatives; one route follows Samford Road and the second route follows the nearby bushland along the old railway corridor.”

    “ Samford residents currently have the 399 bus service from Highvale to Ferny Grove, which stops at Samford Village and the Ferny Grove Train Station. Otherwise, people rely on their vehicles to reach the closest transport hub,” she said.

    “The Ferny Grove train station will have end-of-trip facilities for cyclists including a bike cage and shower facilities, further helping commuters to include exercise in their daily life.”

    “The steep countryside and lack of adequate road space has long been a challenge for cyclists wishing to commute between Samford Village and Ferny Grove, but the addition of this cycleway will give locals a real incentive to leave their cars at home and hop on a bike.

    “We’re at a point where we would really like to hear what the community thinks about potential plans and I encourage commuters and cycle enthusiasts alike to come along to an information session and give us your opinion.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Route would be a vital link for the northern regional community and would contribute towards future transport options in the area.

    Residents of Samford and Ferny Grove can register their contact details for stakeholder consultation by email samford.cycle@tmr.qld.gov.au.

    The public information sessions will take place on the following days:

    ·Saturday 3 December, 1:30-2:30pm, Samford CWA Hall, Main Street

    ·Monday 5 December, 7pm-8pm, Old Catholic Church, Samford Road.

    For more information about the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Route, please visit the department’s website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

    Media contact: 3898 0813