Free coffee for cyclists as Samford bridge opens tomorrow

Published 4:00pm 8 June 2022

Free coffee for cyclists as Samford bridge opens tomorrow
Words by Kylie Knight

Cyclists will be offered free coffee as Samford celebrates the opening of the $5.7 million Private Percy Cash Pedestrian Bridge tomorrow, June 9.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery is inviting all South East Queensland cyclists to come and try the new bridge, while enjoying free coffee from 5.30-8.30am, with the official opening to follow at 3pm.

“I invite all cyclists to come be the first to ‘officially’ cross the new Private Percy Cash Pedestrian Bridge as Samford with a free coffee from 5.30am to accommodate the early risers,” Mayor Flannery says.

“Previously it was dangerous for cyclists to cross the South Pine River because the existing vehicle bridge does not allow for bike lanes and vehicles at the same time.

“This is not only a safety upgrade for pedestrians but for the many cyclists who traverse our beautiful Moreton Bay hinterland area. This $5.7 million upgrade opens Moreton Bay to far more cycling adventures.

“I’d like to thank the Department of Transport and Main Roads for its $2 million contribution and the State Government for its $500,000 funding through the Works for Queensland program to make this project a reality.

“This is just another great example of Council and the State Government working together to deliver infrastructure for the community.”

Free coffee for cyclists as Samford bridge opens tomorrow

Essential connector

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey says this will be a great connecting piece of infrastructure, especially once the Strathpine-Samford Road upgrades are completed.

“One of the biggest drawing cards to this area is its natural beauty and this project will make it more accessible to more cyclists to ride through here,” Mr Bailey says.

State Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd says this bridge has been a priority project for her to deliver for the people of Samford.

“This government has invested $2 million to the construction of the bridge which will help more people get active, whether that’s on horseback, with the pram or with your walking group,” Ms Boyd says.

“We know for every dollar we invest in active transport, we return $5 to Queensland health benefits, reduced traffic congestion and other benefits.

“Not only is this connection providing locals with safe active transport pathways, we’re also boosting the local economy by encouraging families, or fitness enthusiasts to come out and give the new bridge a try in our beautiful slice of Moreton Bay.”

Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) says he is thrilled that after so many requests from mums and dads, community groups and people with disabilities calling for a safer way to cross the South Pine River, we are able to finally open this important piece of infrastructure.

“Not only will this pedestrian and cycle bridge mean that local residents can safely cross the South Pine River, it also unlocks future opportunities to expand the existing network of footpaths and trails around the Samford Parklands area and adjoining estates to the north of the River,” he says.

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