The joint long-term project is between Cairns Regional Council and Department of Transport and Main Roads. The objective is to to provide a safe and convenient cycling option to encourage everyone to get on their bike.
There has been extensive negative publicity of the initial changes to McLeod Street, alongside Cairns Central., whipped up largely by a small minority on John Mackenzie's 846am radio talkback.
"You won't get me out there with the less than 1% of cyclists," Mackenzie defiantly said on radio.
In 2007 and 2008, Main Roads consulted with community groups. Abbott, Lake, Grafton and Sheridan, McLeod and Martyn Streets were all looked at, but the Esplanade route was favoured as the safest for cyclists. There are only 3 intersections and 6 driveways along the route. Cyclists will be physically separated from vehicles and pedestrians. Car parking layouts along the Esplanade, Airport Ave/Sheridan St and some side streets, will be reconfigured.
75% of the $6.1 million project is coming from Main Roads and Council chipping in $1.5 million.
The proposed Esplanade route will run along the eastern side of the Captain Cook Highway from the General Aviation entrance to Airport Avenue. The route then follows the northern side of Airport Avenue for a short distance, crosses over and connects to Moffat Street.
but reconfiguration of parking layout in the side streets will result in more parking
• 3m wide path
• Slow point for cyclists at pedestrian crossing locations by the use of raised humps
• Fencing to direct pedestrians to safe crossing locations
• Pedestrians using proposed path between future parking and new fence will be protected by raised kerb
• Current 45° car parking with separate service lane will be changed to 90° parking (with buffer zone) off the two-way
• Separated from vehicles by raised kerb
• Formalising the car parking in the business area and providing parking along Airport Ave