Bikeway to boost connectivity in St Lucia
Monday, 25 May 2015
Brisbane City Council will improve active transport connections in St Lucia with construction currently underway on a new off-road link on the Macquarie Street bikeway.
Public and Active Transport Chairman Councillor Peter Matic said the $160,000 Macquarie Street bikeway project would involve upgrading approximately 50 metres of existing pathway.
“This project will improve an identified pinch point for cyclists by constructing a new 3.5 metre wide cycle path as well as a separate pedestrian path to reduce potential conflicts between cyclist and pedestrian movements,” Cr Matic said.
“These works will provide local pedestrians and cyclists with improved connections between The University of Queensland St Lucia, Guyatt Park and the local bikeway network.
“The Macquarie Street project will also complement a number of bikeway upgrades planned for the inner western suburbs this year, including an upgrade of the Toowong to Indooroopilly Bikeway and an upgrade of the shared pathway in Guyatt Park.”
“The project involves safety improvements to the existing path linking Macquarie Street over the local stormwater drainage and will enhance safety for local residents, commuters and cyclists by separating pedestrians and cyclists with dedicated facilities,” Walter Taylor Ward Councillor Julian Simmonds said.
Cycling in Brisbane is growing at around eight per cent each year, with more and more people making use of growing number of bikeways and that’s why Council is committed to providing $120 million in new bikeway infrastructure over four years through the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program.”
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the Queensland Government was committed to working with local governments to provide safe and connected cycling facilities for the community.
“The Queensland Government has committed $315,000 to the Toowong Bikeway Project which includes the safety improvements at Macquarie Street”, Ms Trad said.
“We have a vision to encourage more people to cycle more often, and we are making this happen by working with council to build the infrastructure needed to encourage more people onto their bikes.
“This project will continue to give Queenslanders value-for-money cycle infrastructure and increased safety on and off the road.
The Macquarie Street Bikeway is jointly funded by the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government and is expected to be completed in mid-2015, weather permitting.
For more information on the Macquarie Road project, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888. To find out more about bikeways or to plan your cycle route, visit www.cyclingbrisbane.com.au and click on the Route Planner tool.