Guide for cycling strategy
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
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