Bikeway elevation set to boost the Bicentennial

June 21st, 2018

Bicycle Queensland has strongly backed a State Government feasibility study into an elevated cycleway along the Bicentennial Bikeway at Queen’s Wharf.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, welcomed the announcement by Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.

“This feasibility study is an important first step to radically enliven an iconic piece of Queensland infrastructure,” she said.

“If the cycleway proceeds it will provide a major boost for bike riding in the CBD, connecting the north and south through the heart of Brisbane and enhancing Brisbane’s liveability.

“With five dollars gained for every dollar spent on bikeways, this proposal is set to deliver great value for money and a nicer world in which to live, work, and ride.

“The study will determine the best long-term solution for directing pedestrian and bicycle traffic along the Bicentennial Bikeway, enhancing Destination Brisbane Consortium’s world-class master plan for the Queen’s Wharf precinct.

“Separated cycleways are key to activating healthy travel across our great state.”

If the cycleway goes ahead, it will be Queensland’s first elevated CBD cycleway, creating a significant number of jobs during construction.

“This cycleway will power our economy forward into a bold new travel future,” Ms Savage said.

“Bikeways are essential to our economic prosperity and will position Queensland to achieve the vision of a healthy, safe, and sustainable transport economy, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.

“We commend the State Government for its investment in community cycling and look forward to working with the community to help guide the feasibility investigation.

“About 5,000 people ride along the Bicentennial every day – with that number set to continue increasing in the future.

“An elevated cycleway will further promote safe bike riding, reducing traffic chaos on our roads, and enabling people to ride around Brisbane more quickly and easily, simultaneously improving the reliability and safety of road networks and public transport systems.

“We urge local residents to send a clear signal to Government that bikeways build better communities by supporting this study and having your say,” Ms Savage said.

ENDS.

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