Bikes set to boom on the Brisbane Metro
The Brisbane Metro will easily support over 10,000 weekly bike trips across the Victoria Bridge, with new design plans released today.
The revised plans include a separated two-way cycleway on the upstream side of the bridge and cycle lanes on Melbourne Street.
Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, applauded the announcement.
“This is truly a project all Queenslanders can be proud of,” she said.
“The new design will provide residents and visitors with safe, seamless, and central access into Brisbane’s CBD from Southbank and the Cultural Centre, catering to population growth and providing a strong and sustainable investment for great public benefit.”
The Victoria Bridge currently caters for about 800 cycle trips every day, with most trips during morning and afternoon peak hour – the new design is expected to more than double the number of trips taken.
“This new design will revolutionise bike riding into Brisbane from the south side, building on Brisbane’s reputation as one of Australia’s greatest lifestyle destinations, where residents and visitors can easily ride to work and play,” Ms Savage said.
“Importantly, it will mobilise more people in a more manageable way – providing a fast, convenient, and cost-effective solution for thousands of residents who enjoy riding.
“The Brisbane Metro and Melbourne Street Cycleway will revitalise safe bicycle access around the CBD and support projected population growth in the South Brisbane area, which is set to treble by 2031 as the city’s fastest growing suburb.”
More than 18,000 new residents are expected to take up residence in South Brisbane over the next 15 years, representing a 270 per cent surge in people living in a constrained two-square-kilometre precinct.
During just the past 10 years, 5000 additional students have enrolled in schools in and around the Brisbane CBD, and it is predicted that more than 3000 extra students will move into inner-Brisbane in the next five years, with the total population of South Brisbane likely to exceed 25,000 within 15 years.
“We commend the Council’s recognition of the fact that many of these residents and students will want to travel by bicycle, and should be encouraged to do so.
“Research shows bike riding is the most beneficial form of transport for physical and mental health and social interaction, as well as providing taxpayers with a $5 return on every dollar invested.
“Brisbane Metro will not only carve up congestion and improve travel times around one of Brisbane city’s busiest traffic corridors, it will support the overarching goal to improve community health and well-being.
“This is a ground-breaking move that symbolises the sincerity of Council’s commitment to creating a New World City that promotes healthy and active travel.
“This design raises the benchmark in infrastructure elegance and showcases how healthy travel can be easily integrated in urban design principles, transport planning, and public health strategies.
“Brisbane Metro delivers on the vision to build infrastructure that supports the development of people and places.”
Ms Savage said healthy travel was among the most viable ways for Queensland to improve population fitness and reduce rates of obesity.
“Our goal is to increase the number of weekly cyclists in Queensland from 800,000 today to over 1,000,000 by 2020 – building a healthier, happier community in the process.
“We look forward to celebrating the opening of the Brisbane Metro and Melbourne Street Cycleway and will continue to support Brisbane City Council’s work to move Brisbane on bikes, safely,” she said.