News

Council gets on the bike

Draft design of a safe cycling facility.
Draft design of a safe cycling facility.

THE dream of better and safer cycling facilities in Ipswich is closer to coming true with the city council climbing on to pedal in tandem with the 24//7 Cycling Safety Fund.

The team was formed after the council and 24//7 agreed to share information about the council's plans for cycling infrastructure.

By pooling resources, the aim is to drive a common cycling strategy and lobby the state and federal governments with a united voice to ensure all Ipswich cyclists have access to cycling infrastructure.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale made cycling facilities a key element of his campaign policies and made it clear he intends to deliver.

Troy Dobinson, the president of the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund, was buoyed by the mayor's pledges and the council's united support.

"It's great that the council is working with 24/7 Cycling to make this a safer cycling city," Mr Dobinson said.

"Obviously you can see from Paul's election pledges he's committed to a cycle network between major centres in Ipswich. And he's committed to a safe cycling facility for Ipswich so it's just a matter of working together with cyclists and the general public to achieve this dream."

He has produced a draft design of the cycling facility that 24//7 and its growing band of supporters dream of achieving for Ipswich.

"The vision is to keep this a community project and have each club of cycling develop and maintain their facility alongside council," he said.

"Just like a community park it will be open all the time and use the full space of the land size.

"Ipswich cycling has never had a home and here is the answer."

He said 20 to 30 hectares was needed to develop such a facility but 24/7 was experiencing great difficulty finding the land needed.

"There's a site at Leichhardt that would be ideal," he said.

"The major message we want to get across is normal people ride bikes. Not everyone is racing and dressed up in lycra and going 50 kilometres an hour.

"It's probably the only sport where there's massive growth but it touches everyone because it's so versatile; from BMX to mountain bikes to road cycling, to fitness, health and wellbeing, it ticks all the boxes.

"At the 24/7 launch the other night I said we've got this great bus and now the council is on board, so we've got great drivers, but unless the people get on the bus it goes nowhere."

For more information go to http://www.247csf.com.au.

Topics:  cycling, facilities, ipswich city council, paul pisasale




PHOTO GALLERY: Race fans enjoy high octane fun at Supercars

Tyler Day, Deegan McNamara, Joshua Day and Michael McNamara at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Large crowds converge on Queensland Raceway

Lowndes leads way at Ipswich SuperSprint

Race winner Craig Lowndes celebrates in style at Queensland Raceway today.

Supercars champion fires at Qld Raceway

Latest deals and offers

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Recycling your childhood faves

GHOST GIRL: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in a scene from Ghostbusters.

Everything that's old is new again

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles