The Palaszczuk Government is investing $8.5 million in safety improvement projects designed to protect regional Queensland’s most vulnerable road users.

Cyclists, pedestrians and motorbike riders accounted for 38% of the state’s road toll in 2017.

“It’s essential we reduce their representation in crashes,” said Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey. “This decision will fund road safety projects in Cairns, Mareeba, Mackay, Townsville, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Bundaberg.”

A risk analysis has identified 11 projects as priorities across the seven regions.