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Cycling infrastructure grants

The Queensland Government is committed to achieving the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2017-2027 vision of ‘more cycling, more often on safe, direct and connected routes’.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads works with local governments to achieve this vision by delivering and improving principal cycle networks across Queensland.

To get more people cycling more often, cycling needs to be accessible and safe, with facilities that encourage new riders, women and children. The Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program aim is to accelerate the delivery of cycling networks and encourage more cycling across Queensland.

Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program

The Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program helps local governments to deliver best practice, high quality and safe cycling infrastructure. Local governments with a published Principal Cycle Network Plan are eligible to apply for grant funding towards projects that will provide high quality cycling infrastructure on the highest priority routes of the principal cycle network.

Eligible projects

Projects eligible for this funding include the detailed design and/or construction of:

  • off-road exclusive use bikeways
  • on-road bicycle lanes which are physically separated from motorised traffic (also called Cycle Tracks)
  • off-road shared paths
  • advisory lanes
  • on-road facilities, including bike lanes, shoulder widening, line marking, lane and intersection reconfiguration and priority signalling
  • crossing provisions including at-grade treatments, bridges or underpasses
  • mid-trip facilities and end-of-trip facilities
  • directional and route signage
  • lighting and data collection.

Assessment criteria

All project applications are assessed and prioritised against the following 6 selection criteria:

  • Strategic priority – Project is on a Highest Priority Route identified in the Priority Route Maps and Action Plans for the Principal Cycle Network.
  • Attractiveness and comfort – Project creates a safe and secure environment for vulnerable and new cyclists of all ages and abilities (for example, physical separation from traffic).
  • Network enhancement – Project contributes to the delivery of the Principal Cycle Network, particularly filling gaps/missing links in the network and addressing barriers to cycling on the network.
  • Connectivity – Improving the connectivity of the cycle network, linking the community to key local trip attractors (for example, business centres, schools, service hubs and sport and recreational facilities).
  • Demand – Projects are adequately designed to accommodate the surrounding population level, considering both current and future population projections (10 years). The project has sufficient capacity to accommodate anticipated use of the facility, including consideration of any peak periods and fluctuating demand patterns.
  • Safety improvement – Project improves safety to cyclists, addressing risks, known hazards and crash locations.
  • Cost effectiveness – Project costs are appropriate to project scope and are value for money.
  • Project feasibility and deliverability – Project can be delivered within required time frames and has adequately addressed relevant project obstacles. 

Project types

The following project types are available:

  • Detailed Design
  • Standard Detailed Design is for councils to complete a detailed design for a facility on the Principal Cycle Network. Up to 50% funding is available for successful projects.
  • Up to 100% grant funding towards Priority Design Treatments. This funding is for the detailed design of projects which will deliver high priority cycling treatments such as physical separation.
  • Construction. Up to 50% funding will be available to councils to deliver construction projects. All construction projects must obtain approval of detailed designs from the program to start construction.
  • Up to 50% funding is available for Infra+ projects to undertake targeted promotion, engagement, behaviour change and educational activities associated with cycling infrastructure that:
  • Council is seeking funding for in 2020-21 or
  • is for a cycling infrastructure project Council finished in 2019 that meets the program funding criteria and technical requirements
  • is for a construction project to be completed in 2019-20.

How to apply

Eligible local government organisations are invited to submit applications for funding through an annual program application process. An application form and supporting information is emailed to eligible local government organisations on the program opening date. If you would like more information about the eligibility of your council please contact TMR.Cycle.Grants@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Program guidelines

Refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed program information, including project assessment details and funding requirements. Please note page 16 of the Program Guidelines is updated to reflect the new Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017-2027.

Refer to the Active Transport Investment Program Technical Requirements for more detailed information on the technical requirements and minimum standards for this program.

2020–2021 Program
Applications open Tuesday 15 October 2019
Application closing date COB Friday 20 December 2019
2020–21 program announced June 2020*

*The annual program allocation is announced through the publication of the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program.

Last updated
23 September 2020