Bikes unbeatable on city travel times, cars crippled by congestion

February 8th, 2018

Bike riders in Brisbane are likely to arrive at their destination more quickly than car drivers, according to a new national commuter survey.

The survey, by transport giant Here Technologies, found the fastest commutes into Brisbane’s CBD from Windsor, Bowen Hills, Milton, Logan, Ipswich, and Caboolture all involved a combination of riding and public transport.

CEO of Bicycle Queensland, Anne Savage, said active transport was on the rise.

“The evidence is clear – congestion on our roads is changing the way we commute,” Ms Savage said.

“800,000 Queenslanders currently ride every week, and 14 per cent of Australians have now replaced car travel with walking or cycling.

“Notably, over 70 per cent of Australians say they are willing to change their mode of travel to help minimise and avoid congestion, and a whopping 56 per cent are willing to leave the car at home.

“60 percent of Australians are now considering cycling, public transport, or walking when they need to go to work, school, the park, or the local pool.

“Active travel is the solution we need to improve Queensland’s transport network and enhance community health – enabling people to get fit, travel more quickly, and reduce our impact on the environment.

“There can be no doubt that new bikeways such as the Veloway 1 will continue to improve travel times on bikes.”

A comparison of journey times from the start of the V1 at Holland Park West to QUT Gardens Point found a bike to be the quickest form of transport, at about 17 minutes compared to 24 minutes in a car and 28 minutes on a bus.

Ms Savage said electric bikes were also rapidly on the rise in Queensland.

“Bikes have great potential to transform the way we navigate around cities, with electric bikes rapidly emerging as game-changers,” Ms Savage said.

“Electric bikes are a great option for people who need to ride further, up hills, and in hotter weather.

“They help to improve individual endurance and enhance fitness, in addition to being great fun.

“With ongoing and increasing investment in bikeway infrastructure and protected pathways, we can easily make cycling as seamless as car transport across Queensland, expanding the horizons for health and lifestyle across our great state.

“We would love to see more Queenslanders taking advantage of the health and convenience of cycling – for fun, to socialise, and to experience our culturally diverse communities and natural environment.”

ENDS.

 

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