In a bid to encourage more Queenslanders to walk and pedal, the state government is rolling out a suite of local government grants programs to support active transport projects.
Last month, the government announced it will launch a grants program that will support councils with walking network planning.
“We are inviting local governments to apply for walking grants to help them prepare Walking Network Plans and Priority Works Programs to guide improvements around everyday destinations like schools, public transport, shops and parks," said Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Minister Mark Bailey.
Further grants would be awarded through the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, which support local governments in rolling out bike infrastructure projects. “Local governments with an endorsed principal cycle network plan could apply for bike infrastructure grants,” Mr Bailey said.
The government’s commitment to enhancing active transport across state follows promising findings from the 2021 National Walking and Cycling Participation Survey (NWCPS), which revealed that 4.89 million Queenslanders (95.9 per cent of the population) walk every week, and that the number of people riding on a weekly basis had increased by around 6 per cent in the last two years.
Applications for walking network planning grants for 2022 are now open and will close on 17 December.
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