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Brisbane City Council spending $27 per resident on bicycle infrastructure

By Robyn Ironside, The Courier-Mail

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The Carindale Bike Shelter is an example of the Brisbane City Council's bike-friendly infrastructure spending. Picture: Richard Walker Source: Quest Newspapers

BRISBANE City Council is the toast of Queensland cyclists after spending more than any other local authority on bicycle infrastructure.

An analysis of spending on rider-friendly facilities found BCC spent an average of $27.10 a resident on pathways, lockers, bike racks and the like, almost double that of Rockhampton Regional Council, which shelled out $14.41 per person.

Mackay Regional Council came in third, spending $12.95, followed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council with $8.96.

Townsville spent the least of the seven local authorities surveyed, at $5.88 a resident.

Bicycle Queensland Manager Ben Wilson said the report recognised the value of cycling in the community and applauded the councils included in the report for improving liveability for residents.

"Queensland has one of the highest number of people who cycle for transport in Australia and investment in bike facilities is crucial to maintaining and increasing this number," said Mr Wilson.

"Without appropriate facilities novice riders, children, families and those who are uncomfortable riding in on the road will not ride."

Brisbane City Council's expenditure represented a 37 per cent increase in the past 12 months, but was still behind other capital cities where spending on bikeways has climbed between 43 and 303 per cent in the past year.

Bicycle Network Victoria CEO, Craig Richards, said leading cities around the world have seized upon bike friendliness as a key selling point to attract jobs and visitors while reducing congestion.

"As a consequence most capital cities and many inner suburban councils are responding to the shift to bikes for transportation and recreation, and adapting their streets to meet this new reality," he said

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Dated - 16.11.2012

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