For a town to enjoy a strong cycling culture, lobbying for and maintaining good local infrastructure is vital. If managed effectively by both cycling clubs and local government, it allows cycling in all its forms to be a part of everyday culture for the masses, rather than seeming an elitist hobby for the few. Acceptance of cyclists means less stigma and harrassment, and so on.
For those of us in the larger cities, we have a definite advantage in regard to a higher population from which to draw volunteers and club members. It follows that our local city councils also enjoy correspondingly higher revenue and are more likely to help fund or support cycling projects.
You can see these facts borne out in the list of cycling venues listed below. Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg - The cycling community always has 'things going on'. A feeling of ongoing advancement is constant.
Smaller regions are generally not so fortunate. BMX usually has a good presence in small towns, and there's often a pump track for kids to use, but after childhood, the pickings can be slim. Roadies have no choice but to brave the open road, and mountain bikers, if fortunate enough, might find some council, mines, or crown land to play on while said authority turns a blind eye.
So, why all this preamble? Well, I just wanted to explain the nature of the following list of facilities. For the reasons I just mentioned, not every group wants their venues to be public knowledge. If people start travelling from far and wide, that unofficial trail might suddenly have blocked access.
Equally though, if your club or group has venues that are accessible to cyclists and you want them listed below, please send me the details and I will happily include it. Also, if your club needs help loading your trails on OpenStreetMap, just yell out - Happy to help.
- Bundaberg BMX
- Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome - home of Bundaberg Cycling Club.
- Promisedland trails at Cordalba - managed by Mountain Biking Bundaberg.
Central Highlands & Isaac
- Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail
- Curtis Island MTB Trails - managed by Queensland National Parks
- Gladstone MTB Park - managed by Gladstone MTB Club.
- Harbour City BMX
- Round Gladstone Trail - managed by Gladstone Regional Council.
- Turtleway Bikeway - runs between Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
- Rowallan Park MTB Trails - managed by MAD Mountain Bike Club.
- Sarina BMX Club
- Walkerston Velodrome - home of Mackay Cycling Club.
- First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve - home of Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club.
- Gracemere Pump Track
- Kenrick Tucker Velodrome - home of Rockhampton Cycling Club.
- Mount Morgan MTB Trails - Council-owned network at No. 7 Dam
- Pineapple Rail Trail runs from James St Yeppoon to Bondoola.
- Rockhampton BMX
- Seeonee Park Trails [RESTRICTED ACCESS] - owned by Scouts Queensland.