Guide for cy­cling strat­egy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WORK has be­gun to com­plete the miss­ing links be­tween foot­paths on Old Port Road and the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has started the work, to be fin­ished in June - weather per­mit­ting - as part of the launch of the Cy­cling and Walk­ing Strat­egy 2010-2030.

Coun­cil’s Dou­glas re­gional man­ager Liz Col­lyer said the aim of the strat­egy is to cre­ate a more bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian-friendly re­gion for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

“For the large num­ber of vis­i­tors to the Dou­glas re­gion, cy­cling and walk­ing are great ways to ex­plore the lo­cal area and pro­vide more sus­tain­able travel choices help­ing re­duce the re­gion’s car­bon foot­print,” she said.

The new two-me­tre wide foot­path will pro­vide the miss­ing link of sealed paths be­tween the Ulysses St round­about in Old Port Road up to the ex­ist­ing foot­path on the Cap­tain Cook High­way at Craiglie just out­side of the pool shop.

And so no­body gets lost, coun­cil putting the fin­ish­ing touches to a free Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Cy­cling and walk­ing guide, which will be fold-out A3 dou­ble sided maps fea­tur­ing bi­cy­cle-friendly streets and sealed walk­ing paths.

The map also in­cludes de­tails on the her­itage walk­ing trails for Port Dou­glas, Moss­man and Dain­tree de­vel­oped by the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

“The Port Dou­glas map also in­cludes de­tails of the fa­mous Bump Track just 12km from the heart of Port.

“The Bump Track is a pop­u­lar dual pur­pose track for moun­tain bikes and walk­ers - the track was orig­i­nally an Abo­rig­i­nal trail be­tween the coastal and moun­tain regions and be­came a cru­cial link for set­tlers and min­ers,” Ms Col­lyer said.

The free cy­cling and walk­ing guide will be avail­able in the next cou­ple of weeks from the coun­cil’s Moss­man of­fice and in li­braries, bike shops and bike hire shops in both Port Dou­glas and Moss­man, or as a down­load from www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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