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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Gold Coast to host international cycle congress

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Gold Coast to host international cycle congress

    The Newman Government will be hoping to generate more pedal power when the Gold Coast hosts the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress from 10-13 March 2013.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the congress will see some of the world’s leading cycling minds all in the same roomto discuss challenges facing the industry as well as encourage more people out on their bikes.

    “The State Government believes in active transport and the congress will bring together experts and enthusiasts from around the world, all with the goal of getting more people cycling, more often,” Mr Emerson said.

    “Those at the congress will be able to share knowledge, skills and experiences to address some of the barriers to cycling and how we can further develop cycling cultures within communities.

    “The congress which hopes to attract more than 300 delegates will also create opportunities for tourism which is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy.”

    Mr Emerson said Gold Coast City Council would host the international event, supported by the Newman Government.

    “Cycling on the Gold Coast is fantastic and we plan to have the delegates experience this first-hand by getting them out on bikes to explore the area,” he said.

    “What better way to get feedback we can use to increase our cycling communities and culture, than getting leading experts out in our regions and looking at our facilities themselves.”

    Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said hosting the congress on the Gold Coast would draw international attention to council’s sustainable transport initiatives, such as Active Travel (promoting walking, cycling and public transport use) and bikeway networks.

    “We’re very supportive of promoting cycling as an alternative mode of transport, especially as plans continue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Cr Tate said.

    “The congress is an excellent initiative and a great opportunity to learn from international experiences.”

    The program will include high-calibre international keynote speakers, exhibitions, tours, and social events. For more information, visit www.cyclecongress.com.au.

    [ENDS] 15 June 2012

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