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Cycling infrastructure grants

The Queensland Government is committed to achieving the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021 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 and the Priority Cycle Route Improvement Program aim 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 and facilities.

Local governments with a Principal Cycle Network Plan are eligible to apply for a 50% grant for the design and/or construction of cycling infrastructure that contributes to the delivery of their regional cycle network.

Eligible projects

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

  • off-road exclusive use bikeways 
  • off-road shared paths
  • physically separated on-road bicycle lanes
  • advisory lanes
  • on-road facilities, including 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:

  • Connectivity – identifies the number and diversity of trip attractors that will be made accessible by the project, providing connectivity for the local and regional community.
  • Demand – measures the population surrounding the project to determine the anticipated demand and potential benefit of the project.
  • Network Enhancement – measures the contribution of the project to the highest priority principal cycle network routes and evaluates the positive physical impact of the project in terms of addressing barriers in the network.
  • Safety – measures the safety and usability of a project by assessing the technical aspects of the project proposal, including design treatments for cyclists and crime prevention.
  • Cost Effectiveness – assesses the cost effectiveness of a project by measuring the benefits of the project against the project cost.
  • Strategic Importance – evaluates the project against current strategic priorities of both the department and council to ensure infrastructure is delivered where it will have the most positive impact on the principal cycle network.

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

Program guidelines

Refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed program information, including project assessment details and funding requirements.

Refer to the Technical Guidelines for more detailed information on the technical requirements and minimum standards for this program.

2017–2018 Program
Applications open Monday 7 November 2016
Application closing date COB Friday 27 January 2017
2016–17 program announced July 2017*

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

Priority Cycle Route Improvement Program

The Priority Cycle Route Improvement Program is designed to assist local governments to deliver longer, safer and more continuous priority corridors for cyclists using techniques set out in draft Route Improvement Plan guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Transport and Main Roads in consultation with local governments and are now being tested on real-world projects through a series of pilot projects. 

2014–2015 pilot projects

Three pilot projects delivered by local governments commenced in 2014-15. The pilot projects have been designed using the draft Route Improvement Plan Guidelines and are now under construction and nearing completion. The 3 pilot projects selected include:

  • Bribie Island Cycleway—delivered by Moreton Bay Regional Council, the project will improve cycling facilities between the Bribie Island Bridge and Woorim, providing a 4.5km priority corridor for cyclists.
  • Maroochydore Cycleway—delivered by Sunshine Coast Regional Council, the project will improve cycling facilities between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headlands, providing a 2.2km priority corridor for cyclists.
  • Mann Street Cycle Connection—delivered by Cairns Regional Council, the project will improve cycling facilities between Cairns western suburbs and the CBD, providing a 3.8km priority corridor for cyclists.
Last updated
24 November 2016