Wheels in motion: Tender awarded for final stage of Veloway 1
Bicycle Queensland has welcomed news that the State Government has awarded the tender for construction of Stage E of the Veloway 1 (V1 Cycleway).
Stage E will provide an elevated bicycle freeway from Birdwood Road, Holland Park to Gaza Road, Tarragindi.
This final stage will complete the dedicated 17-kilometre long cycleway between Eight Mile Plains and Brisbane’s CBD.
McIlwain Civil Engineering Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract, with works due to start this month.
The $45 million project is expected to be completed in mid-2020, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Stage E represents the largest package of V1 works to be delivered to date, and includes construction of almost 1 kilometre of the cycleway on an elevated structure.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said Stage E would provide a fast, flat flyover for riders on the V1 – transforming travel for cyclists on Brisbane’s southside.
“Impressively, bike riders on the V1 are likely to arrive in the CBD more quickly than car drivers, avoiding congestion and traffic chaos,” Ms Savage said.
“They’ll also get home faster from work.
“In the longer term, we hope to see the V1 connect with an iconic cycling route all the way from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, improving transport, recreation, tourism, and economic opportunities for Queensland.
“Currently, 800,000 Queenslanders ride every week and 14 per cent of Australians have now replaced car travel with walking or cycling,” Ms Savage said.
A Bicycle Queensland 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.
“The V1 is a game changer for southside traffic – enabling people to ride safely and seamlessly to get ahead of the traffic to beat gridlock,” Ms Savage said.