Council seeks feedback on learn-to-ride facility

The Southern Downs Regional Council has been successful in obtaining funding through the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program to construct a learn-to-ride bike pathway in Warwick’s Australiana Park.

A spokeswoman said the council “has engaged a landscape architect to design the learn-to-ride bike pathway who has extensive experience in designing enjoyable cycling facilities”.

“The architect has incorporated various aspects into the facility to suit children of all ages and all cycling abilities,” the spokeswoman said.

“There will be a specific area for junior riders who are just starting to learn to ride their bikes, but the design doesn’t stop there.

“It will include areas for more advanced riders over challenging terrain, such as a bridge/culvert, a cattle grid, a railway crossing, corrugations, a dry creek bed and features undulating with cambers on the corners.

“In order to help riders become familiar with road safety, traffic signs and painted arrows on the pathway have been incorporated into the design as well as typical road features such as overtaking lanes, pedestrian crossings, intersections including a roundabout and a one-way road.”

Queensland Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the bikeway would be “a great asset to Warwick for the young and the not-so-young keen to learn to ride a bike”.

The council spokeswoman said the facility “has been designed to be drought resilient by using rock-mulch gardens and plants and trees that require little water”.

“Part of the concept for Australiana Park is to incorporate the history of the district,” she said.

“Should you have any historical pieces that could be incorporated as character pieces or repurposed as artwork in the Park please contact Council and include a photograph of the piece for assessment.

“Council is seeking feedback regarding the design by 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020.

“A copy of the design can be found on www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

“As Council is unable to have a public meeting at this time due to COVID 19 restrictions, your feedback is being sought through electronic means.

“Please submit your feedback online through the Have Your Say section of www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

“If you require assistance or further information, please phone 1300 697 372.”

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