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State Government: QLD

Mainstreaming in Queensland

The Queensland approach called ‘positive provision’ is on pages 29 ff of the attached strategy including the following:

The Queensland Government introduced a policy on cycling on state-controlled roads in 2004, requiring implementation of cycle network facilities as part of road projects.

Other road upgrades and maintenance also incorporate cycling facilities on principal cycle networks. For example, to date, road re-seals, shoulder widening and shifting linemarking have resulted in additional new cycling facilities across Queensland on the state-controlled road network.

The Queensland Government has extended the Cycling Infrastructure Policy to apply to all relevant transport infrastructure projects, whether roads, rail or bus assets. To ensure the best value for the community, wherever the Queensland Government delivers transport infrastructure along a corridor included in a Principal Cycle Network Plan or local government cycle network plan (to which a Queensland Government agency is signatory), positive provision will be made for cycling to ensure routes are constructed as part of works.

For transport infrastructure projects, positive provision means bicycle lanes, bicycle paths or shared paths. The policy recognises that facilities are needed to cater for the full range of new and experienced cyclists. Exactly what facilities and connections are needed is determined in the project planning phase.

Where cycling provision is off-road and/or at public transport stations and stops, positive provision also includes facilities such as direction signage, lighting, and mid-trip and end-of-trip facilities, including bicycle parking. Where demand is identified, provision for pedestrian access should also be included, especially to public transport.

Outside of the principal cycle networks, cycle-friendly provision will be made to deliver safe operating space for bicycles. As with all transport construction and maintenance projects, planning and investment in cycling will be subject to consultation, safety considerations, competing priorities, obtaining value for money, and realising benefits.

Provision of cycling facilities via the Cycling Infrastructure Policy complements dedicated funding programs which retrofit cycling facilities, where no other transport projects are planned. Over the life of this strategy, the two approaches will result in a transport network that is accessible and attractive for cyclists.