Barr promises to think about cycle tourism if returned

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ANDREW Barr says a re-elected Labor Government will work with local cycling groups and VisitCanberra to develop a new strategy to market Canberra to the domestic and international cycling community.

“Our city has clear advantages as a cycling destination, with a range of easily accessible cycling options on our doorstep,” Andrew said.

“Whether it’s a leisurely tour along the banks of one of our lakes, an adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride or one of our calendar of competitive cycling events, Canberra has something for every cyclist – particularly with Labor’s Better Suburbs Plan making our cycling infrastructure even better.

“Cycling holidays are more popular than ever and there is a huge opportunity for our city to tap into this. We know cyclists on short breaks are drawn to the option of cool accommodation and great food in addition to their riding activities, so with one good thing after another our cool little capital is just the place.

“We’ll make the most of our cycling facilities, from our excellent suburban bike paths to the world class Stromlo Forest Park, the expertise of our highly-engaged cycling community and the award-winning skills of the VisitCanberra team to promote our city as a top cycling destination.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said Canberra’s cycling fundamentals are outstanding – great roads, dedicated paths and a regional hospitality offering which offers great touring and accommodation possibilities.

“ACT Labor has supported cycling across different formats an as both a sport and transport option. It has grown to become one of the most common forms of physical activity in Canberra.

“Together with our cycling and broader tourism industry we will share this story nationally and internationally, with all the economic benefits that can flow.”

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