Families and cycling commuters will benefit from a $2 million Queensland Government boost to a new cycle path ensuring a safer, more direct connection between the Brisbane CBD and the northern suburbs.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced Doval Constructions would deliver Stage 1A – Section 1 of the North Brisbane Bikeway.
“We have a strong plan to invest in cycle infrastructure delivering a safe, more direct and connected route for recreational cyclists enjoying a day out with their family at the local park, to more regular riders commuting to work,” Mr Emerson said.
“This section of the bikeway fills in a 500 metre missing link between Gilchrist Avenue at Victoria Park, Herston to the RNA showground’s Gate 6 at Bowen Hills.
“We are getting on with the job of completing missing cycle links left by Labor all over Brisbane.
“In addition to the North Brisbane Bikeway, design work is underway on a Moggill Road overpass and planning is continuing for the remaining section of Veloway 1 through Holland Park and Stones Corner.”
Mr Emerson said works were expected to start soon and be completed by mid-2015.
Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci said once complete, the North Brisbane Bikeway would mean cyclists can travel off-road from Brisbane CBD to Chermside.
“We know more people are encouraged to ‘get on their bike’ and ride on cycle paths because they feel safer,” Mr Cavallucci said.
“Cyclists are already enjoying the benefits of the finished bikeway section near Campbell Street that was opened in January this year.
“This next section will mean cyclists will be able to travel safely under Bowen Bridge Road avoiding three sets of lights and six lanes of traffic.
“Once the entire bikeway is complete we expect up to 5000 cyclists per day will make use of this route.”
Local Councillor Vicki Howard (Central Ward) said the new bikeway link would be a great benefit to residents, cyclists and pedestrians and would complement Council’s $120 million investment in better bikeways for Brisbane.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said this was brilliant news for Brisbane cyclists.
“We welcome the government’s investment in much-needed cycle infrastructure,” Mr Wilson said.
“Having off-road, direct cycle paths will help encourage more people to take up cycling.”
As well as new cycling infrastructure the Queensland Government’s two-year trial of the one-metre rule continues, promoting safer interaction between motorists and cyclists.
Source: News Release Transport Minister Scott Emerson, 07 September 2014