MAKING CAIRNS SAFER FOR CYCLISTS
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Candidate for Leichhardt Billy Gordon
20 AUGUST 2013
A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will provide Federal funding to extend the bike path network and upgrade existing bike paths and crossings around local schools in Cairns.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Labor candidate for Leichhardt, Billy Gordon today announced that if re-elected, the Rudd Labor Government would provide $500,000 to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure, making it safer for all cyclists, especially school children.
“The safety of cyclists has been an ongoing concern in Cairns. Today’s announcement that we will upgrade local crossings, bike paths and other troublesome spots in and around school zones directly addresses that concern,” Mr Albanese said.
“The Federal Government will work with the relevant local authorities and schools to identify priority improvements around Cairns.”
Federal Labor’s $500,000 commitment builds on a $3 million investment announced in June that will deliver safety improvements for cyclists along the Captain Cook Highway.
Labor candidate for Leichhardt, Billy Gordon commended the local community for getting behind the campaign for better cycling infrastructure.
“Congratulations to The Cairns Post for their important role in advocating for better cycling infrastructure for the city as part of its Share the Road campaign, and of course, the Cairns community for really getting behind it,” Mr Gordon said.
“Riding a bike is not only a popular pastime but a convenient way to get around Cairns.
“We’ve seen the success of the ‘bike bus’ in school communities here in Cairns – it’s taking cars off the road, it’s reducing congestion around schools and families are loving it.
“Lots of children get on their bikes every day to get to school – and that’s a great thing to encourage. Our commitment is about making this safer and I’m delighted I have secured this funding for our community.”
This commitment would be delivered through the Government’s Liveable Communities Program and is already included in the budget.