Better Bikeways for Brisbane
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is helping to make the city more accessible for cyclists with a record commitment of $120 million over four years for the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program.
Public and Active Transport Committee Chairman Peter Matic said the Lord Mayor’s commitment to provide more and better connected bikeways was about recognising the benefits active transport had on health, congestion reduction and the environment.
“Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane is about improving accessibility to some of our key employment areas outside of the CBD, as well as local shopping strips, schools and public transport hubs to promote economic development,” Cr Matic said.
“Our investment in bikeways will help support the upgrades of existing facilities, provide separate pathways for walkers and cyclists on heavily used routes and ensure our bikeways are safer and more attractive through the installation of lighting, signage and shade.”
Cr Matic said a number of bikeway projects were already underway as part of the program, some of which would involve major improvements to existing bikeways, while others would connect missing links in the current network.
“Recent bikeway developments include upgrades to the Bicentennial Bikeway, extensions to the Bulimba Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek Bikeways and the brand new Tarragindi Bikeway,” he said.
“Council has also released the preferred alignments for two new commuter bikeway corridors to link the CBD to Wynnum/Manly and the CBD to Carindale which are the first major bikeway projects of their kind.
“Currently there are no complete cycle routes to the central city from the east, so this project is part of Council’s commitment to fill major gaps in the city’s cycling network.
“We are also currently working with the community to identify where we can build on the existing network through our Active Communities program and investigations for new commuter corridors.”
Cr Matic said Council’s vision for active transport was to have one in five transport trips made by walking or cycling by 2026.
Brisbane has more than 1100 kilometres of bikeways across the city with 470 kilometres of off-road shared pathways and 630 kilometres of on-road bikeways.
Figures from the Australian Bicycle Council show Queensland has one of the highest numbers of people who cycle for transport in Australia, with up to 40 per cent who ride in a typical week.
MARCH 21, 2012