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Potential for North-West Cycleway

Thu 17 May 2012

Nick McKim

Minister for Sustainable Transport

The Government will spend $100,000 to study the feasibility of establishing a cycleway in the North-West.

The Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim, said that there was real potential for the cycleway to be marketed as a tourist attraction and provide exciting opportunities for local businesses and the region as a whole.

"If established, such a cycleway could encourage visitors to turn west when leaving the Spirit of Tasmania ferry at Devonport and provide welcome flow-on employment and economic benefits for the region," he said.

The funding is in addition to a further $1 million provided for the Public Transport Innovation Program (PTIP), established to help develop sustainable transport as a genuine first choice of transport for Tasmanians.

"The PTIP has already seen improved sustainable transport services throughout the State.

"Funding has been spent on projects that enhance our walking, cycling and public transport opportunities," Mr McKim said.

"So far, the program has provided funding to undertake targeted upgrades of bus stops on urban fringe bus routes, identification of a principal urban cycling network, trial of new bus services and planning of transit corridor strategies for key urban public transport corridors.

"This further funding will allow continued development of services and facilities that will support people in making sustainable transport choices.

"It is essential that we do all we can to encourage greater use of sustainable transport and develop infrastructure to help set Tasmania up for a low emission future."

Potential for North-West Cycleway