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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link

The Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link provides a safer and more direct connection between Samford Village and Ferny Grove Rail Station for people riding bikes, walking and scooting.

The Cycle Link was delivered in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 provided a 1.4km off-road link from Lanita Road to McLean Road
  • Stage 2 provided 3.85km of on-road treatments on McLean Road, Camp Mountain Road and Petersen Road, as well as a 400m shared path between McLean Road and Petersen Road.

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Key facts

  • The Cycle Link repurposes a disused rail corridor for a safe, relatively flat cycling and walking route between Ferny Grove and Samford.
  • It was built in 2 stages from late 2015 to early 2018, at a total cost of $3.2 million.
  • An average of 176 people used the link each day after Stage 1 opened—55% of these were bike riders.


Image from behind of a bike rider cycling up a small slope on the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link
Bike rider using Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link

The Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link connects quiet suburban roads with off-road pathways and provides a safe travel experience for commuters and recreational users. Previously, the only fully-sealed connection between the 2 locations was Samford Road, which is very busy with steep sections and narrow shoulders.

Stage 1

Improvements delivered during Stage 1 included:

  • sealing a 3m-wide 1.4km pathway through Samford Forest, connecting Lanita Road to McLean Road South
  • installing lighting and signage around the Camp Mountain Road and McLean Road intersections
  • building a 400m off-road shared pathway, connecting McLean Road North and Petersen Road.

Sealing the 1.4km pathway through Samford has improved accessibility and connectivity for all users. Previously, it was only accessible to walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers. 

Stage 2

Stage 2 delivered low-cost bicycle infrastructure improvements that improved bike rider safety and connectivity between Stage 1 and Samford Village.

The improvements included installation of signage and yellow bike symbols on road surfaces along Petersen Road and Camp Mountain Road. The signs and road markings help bike riders follow the route between Petersen Road and Samford Village.


Stage 1 evaluation1

In October 2016, we conducted counts and a survey of bike riders travelling on Stage 1 of the Cycle Link to understand why they used the link.

Surveys conducted at the northern end of Samford Forest identified:

  • 75 bike riders used the link on weekdays
  • 175 bike riders used the link on the weekend.

The survey found:

  • 96% of bike riders were using the link for recreation or exercise
  • 4% of bike riders were using the link for commuting
  • 19% indicated they would not have made the trip if the link had not been built.

The evaluation found the improvements offered value for money, with the investment returning $2.30 for each dollar invested.

Image showing showing a section of the path along the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link
A section of the Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link

Community engagement

We consulted with the community early in the project planning phase and after Stage 1 was completed. Engagement activities were designed for transparency and collaboration between the community and stakeholders. Feedback was collected using a range of methods including:

  • emails
  • phone calls
  • mailouts
  • community information sessions.

This community consultation determined the final alignment of the link.

The completed Cycle Link minimised impact on local residents and met user expectations.

More information

1. CDM Research. 2016. Samford-Ferny Grove Cycle Link Stage 1 Evaluation. Report prepared for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Available on our Infrastructure benefit evaluations page.

Last updated 03 August 2022