Gabba to Goodwill … It’s Time!

December 8th, 2014

Bicycle Queensland has identified a separated cycleway linking Woolloongabba to the Goodwill Bridge as an election year priority.

Back in 2010, Bicycle Queensland promoted a concept on page one of our newsletter – that the greatest need for Brisbane’s cycling transport and safety is a segregated bike link from The Gabba to the Goodwill Bridge.

In fact, it had been loosely promised through various arrangements for five previous years – from the Goprint site redevelopment (yet to happen) to the Urban Land Development Authority (no longer exists) and was touted by several key people in government and the community, with a design even appearing in the Courier Mail!

But as happens in our world, it increasingly was submerged in the transport agenda with other demands or traffic movement and developments in the area.

Currently, the outbound cycle trip from the CBD to the east terminates at the corner of Stanley Street and Annerley Road.

The intersection of Annerley Road and Stanley Street is part of the problem for cycling on the route identified for improvement by BQ’s current assessment of the Gabba to Goodwill options. Making this crossing point safer is part of this brief.

Better cycling infrastructure on Annerley Road from the intersection to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge is also on the radar, although a solution there is more complex with the busy side-access issues with multiple side streets, residences and businesses.

The growth suburbs of Woolloongabba area have no clean, flat connection to the city as Stanley Street is primarily a one-way inbound road with an increasing number of complex car movements, and a huge children’s hospital about to open in the weeks ahead.

Outside the Chalk Hotel for instance, there are no less than six general traffic lanes inbound, feeding the M3 north and south, Annerley Road, the hospital entrances and two large private schools all of which are massive peak hour traffic generators.

So while the Mater Children’s Hospital road redevelopment has offered bike lanes, the interaction with the myriad of turning motor-vehicles has made on-road cycling a danger.

It has raised the issue of separation through this busy area as more crucial than ever.

Bicycle Queensland has commissioned an engineering feasibility study of its own to prove how this important corridor can see a very direct and flat segregated two-way bikeway developed to deliver cycle commuters through one of Brisbane’s most important but hostile road environments.

Gabba-to-Goodwill builds on the world class facilities (Bicentennial Bikeway, Goodwill Bridge, Centenary Bikeway, Northern Bikeway) to enhance the Brisbane segregated bikeway network to be one of the best, safest and most usable cycle networks in Australia.

We know people want to ride, but we also know research has shown the advent of a quality bikeway can see a quadrupling of cycling in areas.

This one is Brisbane’s priority one. Bicycle Queensland has expressed this clearly to both the State Government and Brisbane City Council.

Our plan is to minimise disruption to existing businesses and traffic needs and deliver a segregated bikeway that will be popular for our members, friends, visitors and the thousands of ordinary people in the growing inner eastern suburbs who would jump on a bike for transport daily but won’t for fears of safety.

Plus, it will relieve congestion on our roads and pressure on our public transport system.

A segregated bikeway from the Gabba to the Goodwill Bridge will greatly enhance Brisbane’s growing reputation as a great place to live, work, recreate and ride.

With elections due in the new year, we invite this project to take centre-ground in the policy decisions of our leaders who get to shape the capital city of our state.

Gabba to Goodwill … it’s time!

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